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Poster of the Week

Poster of the Week

How is it the movies that time forgot always seem to have the most unforgettable posters? I’m sure not to forget this one for a 1971 film called Believe in Me, which apparently is the story of Jacqueline Bisset’s crushing love affair with a life-size cardboard cut-out of Bill Hader, er I mean, Michael Sarrazin, probably absconded from some local early video store or movie theater lobby. Upon research further than my initial “wow, that poster is effing hideous” exclamation, I discovered that this film, directed by Stuart “Tarantulas: The Deadly Cargo” Hagmann, is officially deemed “lost” and that, if the one imdb commenter that seems to remember the film is to be believed, apparently what was released in theaters was a crappy patchwork version of the original, “tougher” film’s footage and that of the studio-enforced reshoots (by Rocky‘s John G. Avildsen!). Evidently, this resulted in a hastily cobbled together early 70s weepie about amphetamine addiction with an incongruous happy ending—perhaps this poster, the actors of which look like they were stitched together with scotch tape, was a comment on the production process itself? That’s a pretty sharp defense, and it needs it: “life without David” might only be “existing,” but it looks like Pamela’s going to get covered in smudgy newspaper ink if she decides to stick around (imagine the dirty sex).

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