A poster for the upcoming Sin City sequel, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, has been banned by the Motion Picture Association of America for depicting its star, Eva Green, in a state of relative undress.
Green appears in the poster wearing a revealing thin gown – to use the powerfully erotic words of the censor board, the poster was banned "for nudity — curve of under breast and dark nipple/areola circle visible through sheer gown."
It's a fittingly controversial image for a film whose first instalment became notorious for its ultraviolence. That film starred Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba and Clive Owen in an ensemble cast shot in eerie monochrome to mimic the style of the comic book by Frank Miller that it was adapted from. Miller also co-directed it, and his gloomy Dark Knight comic inspired the current generation of Batman movies.
The sequel is based on the second of the books in Miller's series, and continues some of the stories from the first. One of the film's four vignettes follows Jessica Alba's onetime stripper Nancy Callaghan, while another tracks Mickey Rourke's hulking Marv. The title story features Green in a dangerous love triangle, while in a brand new story written for the film, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a gambler who tries to take down a sworn enemy. The rest of the cast includes Josh Brolin, Rosario Dawson and Ray Liotta.
The film is again co-directed by Miller with Robert Rodriguez, who shot it in 3D. He told Entertainment Weekly that "there's something about the way Sin City works that I thought would lend itself very well to 3D because the images are so stripped down and abstract … you almost can see it better in 3D. It'll be really cool."
As with the first film, the visual style is an ultra-stylised postmodern imagining of noir crime fiction, with luminous blacks and whites flecked by flashes of colour – and lots of rain-slicked leather. It's released on August 22 in the US, and August 29 in the UK.
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