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High and Low Culture Battle it Out in SF MUNI Station

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On the left, an official piece of key art for the upcoming Sylvester Stallone sequel in San Francisco's Church Street MUNI Station, and a lesson in phonetics from a street artist via the 19th century French gay poet.

(/film via Defamer)

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  1. there you have it folks, the difference between french and american culture...

    Posted by: the queen | Jan 3, 2008 4:10:34 PM


  2. Hmmm....isn't the Rambo poster a Banksy-inspired rip off?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jan 3, 2008 4:27:27 PM


  3. LOVE IT!!!!!!

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Jan 3, 2008 4:28:41 PM


  4. This is my subway station, I haven't seen it yet. It's probably gone by now. Boo hoo.

    Posted by: Paul | Jan 3, 2008 4:46:34 PM


  5. Sandwiched in between those two should be a shot of Madonna's "American Life" album cover.

    Posted by: JR | Jan 3, 2008 4:55:35 PM


  6. following up on the previous post about gay men being poor drivers -- they're friggin takin the subway!

    viva la difference -- and thank god the world has gay men.

    Posted by: resurrect | Jan 3, 2008 5:20:42 PM


  7. Wow. Yet another generation discovers that Rambo and Rimbaud sound alike and can be amusingly contrasted.

    Posted by: alan | Jan 3, 2008 5:28:32 PM


  8. Well, the french loved Jerry Lewis too, so don't give them too much credit.......

    Posted by: busytimmy | Jan 3, 2008 5:30:16 PM


  9. Those crazy San Franciscans! When I lived in S.F., there was a long weekend in which city workers were nowhere to be found because they had the weekend off. Some prankster took advantage of that opportunity and decorated two bus stops in the Castro with thrift shop sofas and chairs, pots of flowers, mirrors, a fake picket fence, etc...and painted 'Habitat for HOMOnity' on the back of each bus stop. It stayed there all weekend in a sort of surreal gift to the homeless who slept on the sofas. High art it was!

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 3, 2008 5:55:14 PM


  10. See? This is why I love this site. I've seen this every day this week on my way to work and I had NO idea what it was in reference to. Thanks Towleroad for teaching me something new today! :)

    Posted by: Brooks Rowlett | Jan 3, 2008 7:43:34 PM


  11. It's amazing how similar Rimbaud looks to Baudoui.

    ("Baudoui" - "Baud oui" - "Bo wie - "Bowie", get it? As in David Bowie? >Sigh!< It's just not funny if you have to explain it. Suddenly I feel almost as old as Dennis Miller... and just as culturally relevant.)

    ...but it did remind me of Bowie.

    Posted by: MikeInSanJose | Jan 3, 2008 7:50:52 PM


  12. Dennis Miller isn't culturally irrelevant because he's old. He's culturally irrelevant because he's idiotic enough to be a supporter of George W. Bush.

    Posted by: peterparker | Jan 3, 2008 9:31:06 PM


  13. There was a second poster that was altered (more humorously, I think) on the upper level at Church Street station as well. I took pix of all of them: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dlytle/tags/rambovsrimbaud/

    Posted by: davitydave | Jan 4, 2008 12:22:57 AM


  14. I got off at this station last night and the Rimbaud wasn't there anymore. The Rambo poster was up but the spot next to it was empty. What a shame.

    Posted by: Adam | Jan 4, 2008 10:38:54 AM


  15. Rimbaud is probably best remembered for buggering Paul Verlaine and for writing poems, but his sexuality (and his whole life) was a lot more rich and complex. Anyone remotely interested should read Graham Robb's excellent biography:

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/039332267X

    Posted by: matt | Jan 4, 2008 12:23:48 PM


  16. Rimbaud was not gay, bisexual yes but not strickly gay.

    Posted by: Daniel | Jan 4, 2008 1:29:53 PM


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