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Polski Plakat Filmowy


A nice, if brief, look at Polish film posters:

Polish film poster has a unique place in the world. The circumstances of modern Polish history have conspired to create an environment where the advertising of cultural events was able to dominate the popular visual culture of the post-war period.

The annexation of Poland by the Soviet Union, in the aftermath of the second world war and after the brutal period of German occupation, condemned the country to a further period of totalitarian dictatorship. The command economy imposed by the Soviets was unable, or unwilling, to deliver the material surpluses which might have raised living standards and supported the beginnings of consumer culture and advertising. In the event, Polish graphic designers were faced with little option but to work for the state.


Some commentators have understood Polish film posters to be an expression of cultural resistance to Soviet oppression. In fact the posters are much more profound; they represent the mass-entertainment of the cinema as something altogether more complex and tragic.

Though the article mentions only Jan Lenica and his interpretation of Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac, I’d recommend the work of Andrzej Klimowski, my personal favourites being his Jim Jarmusch ones, (and, of course, readers will already be familiar with Klimowski’s beautiful covers for Milan Kundera).

Further: 50 incredible film posters from Poland / Polish Poster Gallery.

First posted: Monday, September 1st, 2008.

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