Posters

Eye Candy: 7 Psychedelic NFB Posters

Films

* This post is a translation. Read the original French post here.

A few weeks ago on the French side of things (ONF.ca), we featured a bunch of psychedelic films we made in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

While digging through the archives, I came across some amazing movie posters that were strongly influenced by psychedelia: an art movement inspired by optical illusions and pop art (think Andy Warhol). Here are a few.

IXE-13 (1971) directed by Jacques Godbout

The Ernie Game (1967) directed by Don Owen

Kid Sentiment (1967) directed by (again) Jacques Godbout

The Gammick (1974) directed by (again and again) Jacques Godbout

Christopher’s Movie Matinee (1968) directed by Mort Ransen

Wow (1969) directed by Claude Jutra

To heart (1968) directed by Jean-Pierre Lefebvre

Psychedelia was a huge subculture movement in the mid-1960s. It was characterized by distorted and surreal visuals, and bright colors to evoke the artist’s experience while using certain hallucinogenic and psychoactive drugs (LSD, mushrooms, mescaline) popular at the time (Source: Wikipedia).

When thinking of the psychedelic movement, one often thinks of the music of Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, and the Beatles and over on the cinematic side of things, Terry Gilliam’s Brazil, George Dunning’s Yellow Submarine, Victor Fleming’s The Wizard of Oz, and Walt Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. Who would have thought the NFB was in league with everybody’s favorite pipe smoking caterpillar?