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This 1990 Russian reworking of the Star Wars: A New Hope poster is a little different from the Western versions.

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I'm assuming the object at the top is the Death Star but who's the handsome devil at the bottom of the frame?

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It may not be anyone... consider this other Russian poster for Star Wars.

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This is quite literally a "space cowboy". I mean one could argue it is supposed to be a depiction of Han Solo, but how could you prove it?

Here is another for Return of the Jedi that I have no idea what is going on...

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Consider the excerpt from the answer given by @user931:

At that time, local artists produced posters for foreign movies without any knowledge of the films, which led to some unique designs.

In the end I think you have to take the poster at face value, in that they are "generic" depictions of "space things".


This seems to be a trend with foreign movie posters from various countries...

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    Looks a lot like a regular revolver as well. – Skooba Feb 13 '17 at 13:53
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    With extra bits stuck to it, and a laser beam coming out of it. – Valorum Feb 13 '17 at 13:55
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    Also this Russian Star Wars poster depicting a cat with laser-hair – BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft Feb 13 '17 at 16:45
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    @Valorum I think the validity of gun comparisons is reduced by the cowboy hat and the horse. Maybe in the Russian translation it's Millennium Stallion? – Todd Wilcox Feb 13 '17 at 18:55
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    I honestly wish movie posters were this unique across the world... – Robotnik Feb 14 '17 at 0:53
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From this page (which has this image embedded):

In 1990, Star Wars was finally released in Russia. At that time, local artists produced posters for foreign movies without any knowledge of the films, which led to some unique designs. This rare poster describes the movie as a “galactic Western” and features an imaginary image by Yury Bokser dominated by an unusual depiction of what could be Jabba the Hut and the Death Star with stars shooting out from the centre.

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    The most telling line for me is "without any knowledge of the films". – Skooba Feb 13 '17 at 13:58
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    @Skooba - Yup. Insert generic fantasy character. – Valorum Feb 13 '17 at 14:28
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    It could just be an advertisement for Jabba's new disco. – Irishpanda Feb 13 '17 at 16:00
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    @TylerH The digital generation would never know the pain of incompatibility of regional analog signal standards used on VHS tapes. Even if you could import a VHS tape from US or Europe into USSR during the cold war and without Amazon, MESECAM based VCRs could barely play NTSC (US) or PAL (Europe) based tapes. – Lobo Feb 13 '17 at 19:22
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    @TylerH Given that the general Russian public probably had next to no idea what Star Wars was, it would probably have been deemed more important to get visually-interesting posters that would draw crowds, rather than creating posters than actually followed the theme of the film. – Chris Hayes Feb 13 '17 at 21:51

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