Music – especially the music of Elvis Presley – is the universal language.
No matter where you go in the world, everyone knows the word “Elvis.” They also know his movies and music, even if English isn’t their first language.
And as Elvis fans, we all know the iconic images of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, including the posters for his movies like “Jailhouse Rock” and “Blue Hawaii.” Those movies had to be marketed to international fans, too – and that’s where we get these amazing international movie posters. These colorful collectors items offer a different look at Elvis movies. Take a look at a few of these cool international movie posters below.
This Japanese poster for 1965’s “Girl Happy” is an adorable salute to the movie, complete with the cute beach scene behind Elvis and his co-star, Shelley Fabares.
When these movies were marketed internationally, the film titles were translated into many different languages. Many of them are direct translations, but sometimes their meanings are just a little different. Many of the international titles for “Girl Happy” translated to something like, “Girl Crazy” or “Crazy for Girls.”
The Japanese poster for “Jailhouse Rock” manages to work in several important scenes from the film, including a fight scene and the famous “Jailhouse Rock” performance.
Most of the international titles for “Jailhouse Rock” stayed pretty faithful to the original title.
Elvis’ 1968 film “Live a Little, Love a Little,” had similar posters both domestically and internationally. The U.S. poster is vertical and features this main image, in addition to a few others.
Here are the Spanish and German posters for “Viva Las Vegas” or, “Love in Las Vegas” and “Great Nights in Las Vegas.”
The busy but fun Japanese poster for “It Happened at the World’s Fair” features many scenes from the film.
For several international markets, the title was changed to “Blondes, Brunettes and Redheads.”
A few other international title changes include “Loving You,” which in Denmark was known as “The Golden Guitar.” “G.I. Blues” was known in many markets as “Cafe Europa.” “Spinout” was changed to “California Holiday” for several international markets.
What do you think about these international posters? What’s your favorite Elvis movie?
You can see a great collection of Elvis movie posters and movie memorabilia here at Graceland, so if you love Elvis’ films, make sure you plan your Graceland visit today.