First, does anyone know where in Bangalore, or perhaps India, I can get cardboard mailing tubes for posters? They just don’t seem to be available. What is this nonsense!!!
Second, if you missed these posts about the grand outsider Ramachandraiah sidewalk posters, see them now!
Original sidewalk posters for Harry Potter, Tintin and more
More real work, including American and Indian superheroes!
Custom-made posters including M, The Third Man, Suspiria, Wild at Heart, and Sixteen Candles.
Third, here’s the new batch of Bangalore-style sidewalk posters Ramachandraiah did for some more of my favorite movies…
My Neighbour Totoro
I’d really wanted to see how they’d handle a Ghibli film… we’ve been doing Miyazaki marathons here at the Husainabad apartment building, and I thought they’d pair perfectly with his style. Sure enough, they did. The Kannada title of this film translated to something like “Nice Monster Friend!” Cute, huh?
Ever since I saw this in London, with Pat Morano and John Waters sitting behind me, it’s held a special place in my heart. Raju missed the teardrop tattoo, but maybe you can just draw your own on? That’s what Cry-Baby Wade Walker would do.
Two John Waters? How could I not. “This is not actress,” said Ramachandraiah as I showed him the photo of Divine. He studied it, tapped his finger on her face, and said it again. “I think this is actor.” To explain it, I used the best word I could: “Hijrah.”
He glanced at me suspiciously, and nodded. “Yes, I see.”
The Toxic Avenger
And of course, Buster Keaton. Why does he look fat? Obese? Perhaps Raju is just a Fatty Arbuckle fan? When Ramachandraiah made me chose a theater name, but balked at using a real one, I threw out “Ganesh Talkies.” Older movie theaters still use the name Talkies… and it seemed right.
If you’re interested in copies, leave a comment below and when I find poster tubes I’ll let you know!