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Lobby Card #2: Time Bandits

david curcio

Lobby Card: Time Bandits, 2013 15 x 11.5, drypoint, woodcut, colored pencil and embroidered border

I was nine years old when I saw Time Bandits, and what I saw were arms being ripped off then thrown into a giant pile of other arms; old ladies getting punched in the face with full and brutal force; a man hanging himself by accident; a villain who destroys his obsequious, moronic sidekicks for the most naive infractions.  And of course I was riveted, albeit with one foot cocked for a quick escape should things get really ugly.  And they did, right up to the final shot when our young child-hero’s parents are blown to bits by a smoldering piece of Evil, but I never even considered leaving, even to take a piss.  This story spoke to children in a way Superman or Raiders of the Lost Ark never could, because, unlike the messages inherent in those films, we really weren’t certain that things would turn out alright.  And of course they never quite do. Read the rest of this entry »

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