Thursday, 10 April 2008

Ukamau - Raymundo 1968

Ukamau is a film by Bolivian director Jorge Sanjines that tells the story of a peasant that exacts revenge on a rich land owner for the rape of his wife. Sanjines is part of Bolivia's militant anti-imperialist film making tradition that swept the country following the 1952 revolution there. The subject matter and political aesthetic of the film would have appealed to the Cuban revolutionary spirit.

The poster itself is unadventurous compared to some of the bolder posters of the late 60s. Raymundo isn't a prolific artist and the colours are quite muted in this poster with no figurative design. I'm tempted to link the abstract shapes in the poster to the rape that is central to the film but I'll leave that to the reader.

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