Day One – Saving Private Ryan

There is no denying that Steven Spielberg’s film is excellent barring ill-advised bookends that sap the joint up. It’s a fantastic movie that time has aged well and proven that the famous and jarring D-Day sequence got all the attention but its the third act with the most value. The Polish have brought the world many things. Like some Polish foods and people and I’m sure some other shit. Their finest export by far has been their movie posters, bizarre and oftentimes jaw-dropping interpretations of films from all over the world. Sometimes literal examinations of their source but sometimes absolutely batshit pieces of art that almost take on a life of their own. Over the next fifteen weekdays I’ll be sharing some of the best examples of how these creative necromancers interpret American cinema. Saving Private Ryan features a good bit of soldierplay, so an image of a soldier having his shit blown out the back of his shit makes sense. Sort of. Not, not at all really.

Perhaps it’s the scratchy sketchy look of the image that makes it an odd choice or maybe it’s the fact that the man is terrifying to look at. Perhaps it’s that Spielberg’s film is about the bond of men and humanity and this image is about a dude getting fucked by life. Either way, either the artist didn’t see the movie or simply chose to go for the jugular with his work.

Did he get shot through the mouth? I don’t see an entry wound. Bad afternoon, regardless.

I love this artist. Passionately.

What would this movie be like?

Frank from Hellraiser is a soldier. Nevermind, he’s immediately killed! Judging from this poster, Saving Private Ryan is like the last act of Rambo only violent.

Who is the audience for this film?

The murdered. The soon to be murdered. Murderers. Large groups of crows. People intrigued by murder. Me.

What the fucking fuck is fucking fucking?

I don’t know!!!!!!!

The domestic poster for Saving Private Ryan:


Tagline vs. Tagline?

I’m not sure which I like better, “The Mission is a Man.” or “Shot immediately!”

What other movies could effectively use this poster?

Serbian Film. A Soldier’s Story. Enchanted.

Tomorrow: Subtlety is not an option!

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Saving Private Ryan (1998) 169 min

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of US soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

07.24.1998 (USA)
  • Steven Spielberg
  • Robert Rodat
  • Tom Hanks
  • Tom Sizemore
  • Edward Burns
  • Barry Pepper
  • Adam Goldberg
  • Action
  • Drama
  • War
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Saving Private Ryan on IMDb