With the proliferation of video cassettes in the 80s, a mobile film distribution sprung up in Ghana. These are some examples of the posters created by Ghanaian artists for these showings. They display an artistry absent from many western film posters, which rely more on poorly Photoshopped images of actors than a surrealist creativity.
Given opium to extend the victim’s life during the arduous process, the look of ecstasy on the man’s face haunted Bataille:
"This photograph had a decisive role in my life. I have never stopped being obsessed by this image of pain, at once ecstatic and intolerable. I wonder what the Marquis de Sade would have thought of this image, Sade who dreamed of torture, (which was inaccessible to him) but who never witnessed and actual torture session. In one way or another this image was incessantly before his eyes. But Sade would have wanted to see it in solitude, without which the ecstatic and voluptuous effect is inconceivable. What I suddenly saw, and what imprisoned me in anguish — but which at the same time delivered me from it — was the identity of these perfect contraries, divine ecstasy and its opposite, extreme horror.”