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One-Sheet, Two-Sheet…

Even in the depths of the Cold War, American blockbusters made it behind the Iron Curtain.  But the films we all know, we know through the lens of the society in which we see them…   By way of illustration, the design blog Well Medicated has collected “50 Incredible Film Posters from Poland”

Consider, e.g.,  Tootsie

… or Gandhi

…or Fatal Attraction

… or the classic Old Yeller

See them all here.

Viz. yesterday’s missive on the population center of the U.S. (in MO), reader JK observes:

If you adjusted the methodology to account for the population’s actual weight, I think the mean center might drift back east… :)

Indeed, probably Southeast

As we select our showtimes, we might recall that it was on this date in 331 BCE that Alexander the Great of Macedon defeated Darius III of Persia in the Battle of Gaugamela (aka Arbela).  Darius managed to escape the battle with a small core of his forces remaining intact.

At this point, the Persian Empire was divided into two halves – East and West. On his escape, Darius planned to head further East, and raise another army to face Alexander who, the Macedonians, headed to Babylon.  But the majority of the existing satrapsgave their loyalty to Alexander, in order to keep their positions; and satrap Bessus murdered Darius. And the Persian Empire is traditionally considered to have fallen with the death of Darius.

The charge of the Persian scythed chariots at the Battle of Gaugamela by Andre Castaigne (1898-1899)

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October 1, 2008 at 1:01 am

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