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If this poster for Star Wars is to be believed, Hungary in the late 1970s must have been one hell of a party. Seriously, how else could you explain this dazzling mess of a one sheet? It practically screams, “I’ve been up all night doing cocaine!”
Why don’t you gawk at it for a while, and if you still feel up to the task, we can discuss this further down below.
Maybe it’s just me—it has been a year or two since I actually watched A New Hope—but I can’t for the life of me recall the scene with a scimitar-wielding dragon. You’d think that would be a memorable moment in the canon. Perhaps it’s one of those scenes that George Lucas always wanted to include in the script but didn’t have the technological capacity to pull off, and maybe the poster artist was working from a script and hadn’t seen the movie. Yeah, that sounds like a plausible explanation.
This poster is such a frenetic, jumbled mess of iconic bits from Star Wars. There’s so much going on. Darth Vader looks like a character from a short-lived ’70s cartoon for children, and R2-D2’s head definitely resembles a futuristic shoulder pad.
Also, this poster totally spoils the ending. If you’ve never seen the film before, and you used this poster as a basis for your decision to go see this newfangled sci-fi adventure from America, you’d be bummed because as soon as they introduce the Death Star you’re like, hey, doesn’t that blow up? So not only is this poster hideous (and pretty awesome), it’s also kind of a dick.