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Scorsese Goes to the Drafthouse: An Exclusive Look at Mondo's 8 New Posters For Classic Movies

Photo of Eric Kohn By Eric Kohn | Indiewire May 2, 2012 at 2:00PM

Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse's poster-art boutique Mondo has joined forces with Martin Scorsese's film preservation organization The Film Foundation to create new 35mm prints of eight essential films with brand-new posters to go along with them.
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The original blockbuster, "King Kong" has become such an iconic monster movie that the sheer scope of its vision has been nearly eclipsed by its fame. Mondo's poster, with its deep yellows juxtaposed against an exaggerated art-deco cityscape, resurrects the movie's underlying appeal. Notably, we don't see the top of the skyscrapers, a decision by artist Laurent Durieux that makes the giant ape look relatively small in the grand scheme, trapped by his surroundings rather than attacking them. It was beauty that killed the beast and the magic of "King Kong" is that we feel sorry for him.

"King Kong" poster by Laurent Durieux
Laurent Durieux

This article is related to: King Kong, Alamo Drafthouse, Alfred Hitchcock, Paths of Glory, Stanley Kubrick, Shadow of a Doubt, Martin Scorsese, Mondo