Kiss Kiss Kill Kill

Here’s something I should have posted a few weeks ago, but I got caught up with other things. This should be especially of interest for readers in Britain (or jetsetters in Europe).

Kiss Kiss Kill Kill:
The Graphic Art and Forgotten Spy Films of Cold War Europe
10 September – 16 October 2010

University of Hertfordshire Art and Design Gallery
College Lane
Hatfield AL10 9AB
United Kingdom.

Kiss Kiss Kill Kill is a touring exhibition, film program and symposium devoted to “Eurospy”. The project opens a forgotten chapter in the history of post-war European film and poster design to public scrutiny for the first time.

The project provides the opportunity to see rare espionage films made on both sides of the Iron Curtain as well as to study a range of approaches to poster design.  Different graphic styles in East and West provide an expansive portrait of European taste, national identity and politics during the Cold War, with the brash super-kitsch of the Italian cinema posters juxtaposed compellingly with the lo-tech minimalism of Czech film posters of the same era.

Kiss Kiss Kill Kill unearths films tarnished by the legacy of state control in Eastern Europe and films that have fallen into obscurity as a by-product of Western Europe’s overkill of the spy film genre in the 1960s. Presented as a chronology of Eurospy cinema, Kiss Kiss Kill Kill explores Espion Noir, Czechoslovakia Before and After ’68, Spaghetti Spy, Paella Spy, The Polish and Czech Design Schools and Fritz Lang.

This is the first ever exhibition drawn from The Kiss Kiss Kill Kill Archive – a private collection of 3000 examples of spy film artwork from the Cold War. Included here are original artworks, cinema exhibition posters and a series of specially commissioned friezes pasted directly to the gallery walls in the manner of the originals.

The exhibition will be a showcase for both the ‘trashiest’ fruits of 1960s European co-production and the leaden propaganda of communist film. Equally, it will also provide a platform for some real gems: films from both sides of the Iron Curtain, which have escaped both the academy and the censor.

For more information, check out the website.

Thanks to RRD at the Eurospy Forum for the heads Up about this amazing event. I wish I could be there.

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