Did everyone get through that whole storm thing OK? I’m safe and sound at my parents’ place, having chosen, when my my super told me yesterday that he was sure our neighborhood would be among the first to lose power, to believe him. My parents’ building has a generator. And—more important—is close enough in proximity to Casa Bloomberg for me to feel confident that if power did go out, it’d come right back on tout suite. So: as a refrigerator full of lovely food rots in my apartment 80-odd blocks downtown, here I type. Last night, I stayed up alternately checking my Twitter feed for disaster updates, and texting my neighbor/webmistress/site designer Dolly Meieran about various things we’ve been working on. And apropos of the weather, sort of—and, just as the lights flickered out in the West Village—we were discussing The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. Dolly, like many a cultivated hipster a certain age, loves it. I, however, can’t bear a musical of any stripe. But a good movie poster is a good movie poster. And it’s always fun to look at international editions of posters for the for the same film, no? These are all for Dolly, who toils today in the chill and the dark. First up: something happy, purply, and German.
And here’s a very rare one from Japan, by artist Kazuo Kaminura.
This Spanish poster feels very Almodovar, which makes a certain sense.
I’m not sure how this Czech poster relates much to the spirit of the movie, but it is my favorite nevertheless.
A boldly employed yellow, like in this Polish version, always gets a thumbs-up from me.
And at last: the original French.