Poster - Gauche the Cellist
Continuing with another movie poster, here's one from Isao Takahata's 1982 classic, Gauche the Cellist. It's one of two different poster designs for the film, and has a colorful, children's book quality. It's very nice and focuses on the animals, while the other Gauche poster focuses on the orchestra.
To me, this movie is one of Takahata's triumphs. I know, that sounds like easy praise coming from one who hails Paku-San as a cinematic genius. I sound like a child with a free box of breakfast cereal. So, as always, Caveat emptor. That said, this is a masterful movie, one that weaves rural nostalgia with a love of nature, and the miraculous power of music - joining Beethoven's Pastorale to Kenji Miyazawa's famous children's story is a masterstroke. I've never heard the 6th Symphony sound better.
Gauche the Cellist is a peaceful, thoughtful. Takahata's Totoro? That's what I've always believed. That this film remains virtually unknown in the West (save a DVD release in France) is nothing short of criminal negligence. This movie deserves to be seen by the world.