Last night Mondo held their eleventh ‘Mondo Mystery Movie’ event and this time it was in Los Angeles at the Crest Theatre. There was plenty of speculation beforehand as to what the movie would be and who the art for the customary poster would be by, not least by us. Mondo certainly did not disappoint.
As we predicted, ‘Mondo Mystery Movie XI’ was indeed Die Hard, the greatest action/ christmas movie of all time and the poster was by the always amazing Laurent Durieux. Laurent has done a great job with this poster. The simple yet effective image captures so much of the movie, both tonally and in reference. The poster came in a regular edition of 450, a variant of 150, metal variant of 80 and a super glass printed variant, given to one lucky guest.
Laurent was kind enough to have a quick chat with me this morning about the artwork and what he and Mondo aimed to capture and represent with the poster.
Justin, Mitch and Rob know I always try to bring something more to a poster either an idea, concept or some sort of pathos. With Die Hard, obviously the pathos thing was out as it’s what I call a muscle movie. My main concept was that I wanted to use Christmas in L.A. And the snow bubble was a good way for me to do that, sort of cheesy and humoristic like the movie, also of course the broken glass refers directly to the scene in the film. So it is a concept more than a poster with dozens of portraits and key scenes you usually see in countless posters, I always try to come up with something people won’t expect and from reading the feedback from the people online, looks like I did just that.
I also asked Laurent for a poster to truly represent Die Hard, what did he feel would need to be included.
[To] truly represent Die Hard, you would probably have to go for explosions, blood, etc… And that’s not what I really want to do you know, I think other artists would do this much better than I ever would, so I would say that my take on the film is probably not spot on but it’s just different and to me that is, as an artist, really important. What’s the point of doing something so many people can/would do?
Laurent Durieux’s art always amazes me. He has the knack of being able to represent a movie without having to have the main character front and centre. His Jaws piece for example is a brilliant, and highly sought after, piece of art and is probably the only Jaws poster not to feature a shark.
Below are some pictures of the prints that were given out to attendees based on their ticket package. These pictures come courtesy of Amer Nizam.
Mondo went to the extra effort of making sure that the night was special by inviting fans to go an a limo ride, with fully stocked liquor cabinet, to the original ‘Nakatomi’ building featured in the movie. They also dressed up the movie theatre with fake glass and signs asking to fans to remove their shoes in a nice little nod to one of Die Hards memorable set pieces. As an extra little bonus, Mondo also produced this cool bearer bonds in reference to Hans Gruber’s scheme to steal $640 million.
If that wast enough, Mondo also went to the effort of producing ‘Al Powell’ handbills by Tyler Stout. Reginald Veljohnson who played ‘Al Powell’ in the first three Die Hard movies was also in attendance at the event to introduce the movie alongside Mondo’s Justin Ishmael.
As part of the ‘Super Variant’ package, guests were also lucky enough to get another unique piece, a replica sweater from another of Die Hard’s memorable moments. This picture is taken from eBay.
Finally, with Laurent Durieux producing the truly brilliant poster for the movie, Mondo took the opportunity to announce that they would be hosting ‘The Art of Laurent Durieux’ a gallery dedicated to his work opening the 7th of Feb and running until the 1st of March at the Mondo Gallery, Austin. Mondo even previewed a great piece by Laurent for Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds.
I asked Laurent what he was most looking forward to ahead of his gallery ‘The Art of Laurent Durieux’
What I’m looking forward to? [I will] meet all the poster enthousiasts in person and meet the Mondo guys as well, be able to put faces on all these names. Of course, as an artist it would be lying to say I’m not interested with the response to my work. I’ve been working (almost) like a slave 😊 for the last 6/7 months full time on those posters and I hope the hard work will live up to it, that the collectors and fans will dig them.
Based on the popularity and quality of Laurent’s work, it is bound to be a fantastic gallery. Stay tuned for more details on that.