Over the past week, I’ve found it difficult to ignore the arresting new Russian Constructivist-type posters for “V for Vendetta” plastered in New York City’s subways. Aware of the ideological mishmash (Baudrillard, Christianity, Nietzsche) that went into The Matrix, I don’t expect the iconography of the Wachowski brothers’ upcoming film to be any clearer. But these images directly refer to the work of the Stenberg brothers, famed for their agit-prop designs in the 1920s and ’30s in Bolshevik Russia (see below).
Early trade reviews already point to the film’s flagrant anti-neocon stance (where constant war and a totalitarian regime squash all civil liberties, and the heroes are terrorists!), and these posters further point to what is obviously a revolutionary stance. Sure, it’s all marketing and co-option without substance (“Freedom Forever” could be read in innumerable ways), but in a year where everything from Star Wars to Syriana took the Bush Regime to task, Hollywood sure isn’t shying away from entering the political fray. I wonder what conservatives think of Communist-like propaganda-ads being used for a mainstream teen-flick. Who knows? Maybe their kids will be corrupted, and they’ll stage an insurrection against the current Administration?