A MAN LIES DREAMING
ALTERANTE HISTORY & POSTERS & LAVIE TIDHAR (OR FUN WITH FAKE FILMS!)
Lavie Tidhar’s novel ‘A Man Lies Dreaming’. Poster created for ‘Tangier’ starring Leni Riefenstahl in the best fake film ever. The ‘Casablanca’ poster…
In A Man Lies Dreaming, Leni Riefenstahl ends up in Hollywood – where she’s cast opposite a little known actor, Humphrey Bogart, in a film set in Morocco, where refugees from Communist Germany find temporary shelter, and a disillusioned bar owner plays complex chess problems against himself – until an old flame walks through the door.
From early on I knew I wanted to not just write the gag (the film is in fact a sequel to The Great Gatsby), but to see it, and this was the original collaboration I worked on with Sarah (the second one was the Re-Elect Mosley poster). There is always something so fascinating about #fakefilms, a perennial what if? question.
- Lavie Tidhar -
TANGIER // EVERYBODY COMES TO GATSBY’S
The idea that Leni Riefenstahl was now staring in the sequel to The Great Gatsby in Lavie Tidhar’s new novel A Man Lies Dreaming was way too amusing to leave alone. Alternate is history is great – hey, you can just made up anything, right. Above is one of the original 1952 Casablanca posters and the new, fakey photoshop version Lavie and I made. All the alterations to the original image were grafted on in stages. Leni was added first, then we started messing with Rick’s bar – now a Soviet column – and finally there was some recasting involving Boris Karloff and Ronald Reagan.
Quite tricky to try and replace Ingrid Bergman with Leni Riefenstahl but still retail the original feel of the illustration. The only reference I has was a old Universal Films photograph, so all of Leni’s hair and features needed to be redrawn, in the style of the original pen an’ wash poster. To try and keep the composition the same lots of little bits of Ms Bergman hair have been grafted over Leni’s to try and reproduce a similar style plus the white polo necked jumper added too. The original Casablanca film title had been – as far as I can see – hand brushed on so the replacement ‘TANGIER’ lettering was made by chopping up the original poster and remaking the individual letters.