Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Company of Wolves

Little Girls it seems to say,
Never stop among your way,
Never trust a stranger friend,
No one knows how it will end,
As you are pretty so be wise,
Wolves may lurk in every guise,
Now as then ‘tis simple truth,
Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth.

The UK poster motive evokes images of our own youth as we see Rosaleen dreaming in her slumber of a fantastic world filled with exciting danger, encountered in fairy tales told like that of Little Red Riding Hood whom we see here getting cautioned by her grandmother.

This German poster is a great evocative image, it plays up Rosaleen’s youthful innocence against her sexual nature; she turns away from us and just the same steals a glance in our direction, looking half scared, half curious, half a child still, half woman.
We become the wolf, the one that scares her and tempts her the same.
And wouldn’t we just love to?

The Chinese motive plays with her lyrical beauty, dresses her in white all innocent as freshly fallen snow, but puts a unmistakeable look of sorrow on her face.
Something got lost, and she knows it, somewhere a line was crossed.
And this feeling gets heightened by the dark and looming presence of the woods behind her, contrasting the innocence and tranquillity of the foreground scene, making it as deceitful as the calmness in her wolf companion.

Another German poster is only notable for it’s lack of subtleness, with the tagline spouting:
“When you seek the closeness of wolves, your childhood has come to an end”

And finally we have a Indian (maybe Thai) motive that I like for its colourful, laden nature. Given, it’s nothing I would put on my wall, but I rather like how the artist narrows it all down to Rosaleen in the upper corner, or spreads it out from there, depending on the view we would like to take.

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