Monday, September 17, 2012

Frantic in Polish

Polish movie poster to publicize the 1988 release of Roman Polanski's Frantic. The Blue Parrot is the Parisian den of vice where Harrison Ford seeks information about his wife's whereabouts and finds a slinky, gorgeous girl instead (any half-alert viewer knows immediately that this exotic creature is doomed to die before the end of the picture in order to protect the innocence of the American protagonists). The blue-parrot logo on key-rings and matchbooks and T-shirts and jewelry becomes a recurring motif – another Hitchcock mannerism commemorated. As far as I know, only the Poles chose to use the Parrot in their publicity.