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Above: Polish poster for Escape from New York (John Carpenter, USA, 1981). Designer: Wieslaw Walkuski.For three weeks in July, New York’s Film Forum is running a stellar series of more than 40 1970s New York-set films. As soon as I heard about the program I wanted to do a poster article on it, given that the 1970s was a heyday for American poster design. However, when I started to look at the posters I realized that many of them were so well known that rehashing their posters wasn’t that interesting. But in my search I started to notice how many of the films had Polish counterparts. It is interesting that so many of these American productions were released in Poland and it may have had a lot to do with the counter-cultural, anti-establishment bent of most of the films.While poster design in the U.S. had moved quite decisively from illustration to photography-based in the late 60s, Polish poster art was still mostly drawn and painted in the 1970s. There are a couple of exceptions here but the photos are collaged or posterized in a way that is quite different from the way they would be used in the U.S. Another interesting note is that very few of the posters make use of New York signifiers, with the obvious exception of the Statue of Liberty for Escape from New York, and a silhouetted skyline for Manhattan (notably the two films with the most New York-specific titles). Otherwise the posters seen here are typically idiosyncratic, eccentric, beautiful, alluring, occasionally baffling and, with the possible exception of Serpico, always strikingly unlike their American counterparts. This selection also feels like a tour of great Polish poster art in the 70s, with most of the major artists represented: Jakub Erol, Wiktor Gorka, Eryk Lipinski, Andrzej Klimowski, Jan Mlodozeniec, Andrzej Pagowski, Waldemar Swierzy, Wieslaw Walkuski and more. It seems as if every major designer got a crack at at least one of these challenging, thrilling films.Above: Polish poster for Manhattan (Woody Allen, USA, 1979). Designer: Andrzej Pagowski.Above: Polish poster for Marathon Man (John Schlesinger, USA, 1976). Designer: Wiktor Gorka.Above: Polish poster for All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, USA, 1979). Designer: Leszek Drzewinski.Above: Polish poster for Three Days of the Condor (Sydney Pollack, USA, 1975). Designer: J. Czerniawski.Above: Polish poster for The Hospital (Arthur Hiller, USA, 1971). Designer: Marcin Mroszczak.Above: Polish poster for Diary of a Mad Housewife (Frank Perry, USA, 1970). Designer: Eryk Lipinski.Above: Polish poster for Taxi Driver (Martin Scorsese, USA, 1976). Designer: Andrzej Klimowski.Above: Polish poster for Klute (Alan J. Pakula, USA, 1971). Designer: Jan Mlodozeniec.Above: Polish poster for Saturday Night Fever (John Badham, USA, 1977). Designer: Andrzej Pagowski.Above: Polish poster for The French Connection (William Friedkin, USA, 1971). Designer: Andrzej Krajewski.Above: Polish poster for Serpico (Sidney Lumet, USA, 1973). Designer: Jakub Erol.Above: Polish poster for The Panic in Needle Park (Jerry Schatzberg, USA, 1971). Designer: Tomas Ruminski.Above: Polish poster for Midnight Cowboy (John Schlesinger, USA, 1969). Designer: Waldemar Swierzy.Above: Polish poster for The Anderson Tapes (Sidney Lumet, USA, 1971). Designer: Jan Mlodozeniec.See New York in the 70s at Film Forum from July 5 to 27.Posters courtesy of Heritage Auctions. »
Kate Vernon (The 100) is set for a recurring role opposite William Hurt in Condor, At&T Audience Network's 10-episode straight-to-series drama produced by MGM Television and Skydance TV. Inspired by Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, and written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, Condor follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives… »
Are filmmakers having trouble titling their spy thrillers? Think about the names of classic examples of the genre: The Spy Who Came In From The Cold. The Ipcress File. Three Days Of The Condor. The Day Of The Jackal. Cool. Evocative. Enticing.
Still, there’s plenty of tension and paranoia to go around in Unlocked, even if its name slips from the mind as soon as you’ve looked at the poster. Noomi Rapace stars as Alice Racine, a former CIA interrogator who’s reluctant to return to the fold after »
In today’s edition of TV Bits: Keanu Reeves signs up for a recurring role in his first TV series. FX hires Donald Sutherland for Danny Boyle‘s limited series. Hulu renews The Path. TNT cancels their Let the Right One In pilot plans. William Hurt and Bob Balaban join Three Days of the Condor-inspired series. There are two projects in the works right […]
- Jack Giroux
Written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, the series will follow Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions. Smilovic also serves as showrunner and Katzberg executive produces alongside David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, Larry Trilling and Marcy Ross. MGM Television and Skydance Television will produce while the series was developed in association with Paramount TV.
Hurt will play Bob Partridge, a decorated CIA field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. He’s tried to make changes for the better while at the CIA, including recruiting a team of the country’s top young minds to come up with out-of-the-box solutions to some of the United States’ most intractable problems. Balaban »
- Joe Otterson
William Hurt has booked his next TV series.
The Oscar winner (Kiss of the Spider Woman) and Oscar nominee Bob Balaban (Gosford Park) have joined the cast of Audience Network's Three Days of the Condor remake, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Hurt will play Bob Partridge, a decorated field operative who is rusty and a little soft after 20 years behind a desk. Bob is intelligent and introspective. »
- Kate Stanhope
Simon Brew Apr 9, 2017
City Of Tiny Lights, starring Riz Ahmed and Billie Piper, is the latest film from director Pete Travis, known particularly in this parish for helming Dredd. We met up with him in London to chat about the movie, about politics, and about Dredd…
I read an interview for City Of Tiny Lights where you were quoted as saying you wouldn’t make the film unless Riz Ahmed did it, and that he was the first choice for the lead role of Tommy. I can’t tell you the number of people I interview who say something like that and…
… mostly they’re lying when they say that!
Well, quite possibly!
There’s a rule about casting I learned a long time ago. The right person for the role is the person who »
Following on from last week’s casting of Mira Sorvino, it is now being reported that Brendan Fraser has joined the cast of Condor, Audience Network’s TV adaptation of the 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor.
Fraser is set to play Nathan Fowler, “an unstable yet efficient central cog in an unholy alliance between the private military company that employs him and the CIA. He’s motivated by his hatred of radical Islam, but also by his inner child’s desire to win the approval of his war-hero father. Nathan is redeemed by his fierce love for his daughter, but that relationship and his fanaticism are on a collision course.”
Condor, which has been written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg and has a 10-episode straight-to-season order, sees Max Irons in the lead role of Joe Turner, a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles »
- Gary Collinson
Brendan Fraser (The Affair, The Mummy franchise) has been cast opposite Max Irons and Mira Sorvino in Condor, At&T Audience Network's 10-episode straight-to-series drama produced by MGM Television and Skydance TV. Inspired by Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, and written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, Condor follows Joe Turner (Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan… »
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino (Mighty Aphrodite) has signed on to star in Condor, Audience Network’s upcoming TV remake of the 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, which is being directed and executive produced by Lawrence Trilling (Parenthood, Alias).
THR reports that the drama series “follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives of millions.” Sorino will play Marty Frost, an investigator who comes out of retirement to take over after an attack at Turner’s office.
The original Three Days of the Condor was directed by Sydney Pollack and starred Robert Redford and Faye Dunaway. The TV adaptation has been written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, with Smilovic serving as executive producer. The show is being produced by MGM Television and Skydance Productions, in association with Paramount TV. »
- Gary Collinson
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Additionally, Rémi Aubuchon (Falling Skies) has joined the series as showrunner for the new season, which follows three unrelated people who discover they can manipulate dreams — and by extension, the dreamers. Now they have to decide how to use their gifts after realizing the fate of the world rests with them.
Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino is set to recur opposite Max Irons in Condor, At&T Audience Network's 10-episode straight-to-series drama produced by MGM Television and Skydance TV. In addition, Lawrence Trilling (Goliath, Parenthood) will direct the first three episodes and executive produce. Inspired by Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, and written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, Condor follows Joe Turner (Irons), a young CIA… »
MGM international Television has set its line-up for this year’s Miptv in Cannes (April 3-6).
The company will promote new scripted and unscripted series including The Handmaid’s Tale, Get Shorty and Condor
It’s the end of the world for Jennifer Finnigan.
The Tyrant actress will star in CBS’ summer event series Salvation, which explores what happens when an MIT grad student (Red Band Society‘s Charlie Rowe) and a tech superstar discover that an asteroid is just six months away from colliding with Earth.
Finnigan will play Pentagon Press Secretary Grace Darrow, whose world is turned upside down when she learns of the approaching doomsday scenario. The single mom struggles to keep the secret from »
Max Irons, star of TV’s The White Queen and the upcoming Bitter Harvest, has been cast in the new TV remake of Three Days Of The Condor. The TV event will be an update of Sydney Pollack’s iconic 1975 political thriller, which starred Robert Redford in the lead role.
Here’s the plot.
On a seemingly ordinary day, Joe Turner (Robert Redford), a quiet CIA codebreaker, walks into his workplace and finds that all of his coworkers have been murdered. Horrified, Joe flees the scene and tries to tell his supervisors about the tragedy. Unfortunately, he soon learns that CIA higher-ups were involved in the murders. With no one to trust, and a merciless hit man (Max von Sydow) close on his tail, Joe must somehow survive long enough to figure out why his own agency wants him dead.
Deadline reports that the new version sees Turner as an »
- Paul Heath
Max Irons (The White Queen) has been cast as the lead in Condor, At&T Audience Network’s 10-episode straight-to-series drama produced by MGM Television and Skydance TV. On the show, inspired by Sydney Pollack’s 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, Irons will play Joe Turner, modeled after Robert Redford’s iconic role in the movie. Written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, Condor follows young CIA analyst Joe Turner, whose idealism is tested when he… »
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