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Poster Art [Aug. 4th, 2010|12:07 pm]
Tony Grist
The Telegraph has a nice little collection of Polish film posters for crap British films of the 50s, 60s and 70s. The strapline is "The posters that lost the plot" but what they actually demonstrate is that sometimes communism did things better. Where the British posters for the aforesaid crap films are garish and schlocky, the Polish ones are lovely- witty and expressive- and only reprehensible in that they suggest that what you're going to be seeing might actually be quite good. Apparently art lovers used to follow the bill posters around, stripping the posters from the walls as soon as they went up. I'd love to own Bronislaw Zelek's design for Far from The Madding Crowd.
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[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2010-08-04 01:55 pm (UTC)
The one for 1,000,000 Years BC is just amazing. Thanks!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-04 03:25 pm (UTC)
Though I do wonder whether the person who made the poster had actually seen the film....
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2010-08-04 05:14 pm (UTC)
The Far from the Madding Crowd poster is really superb.

Edited at 2010-08-04 05:15 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-04 05:39 pm (UTC)
And so much sexier than the British attempt.
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[User Picture]From: ibid
2010-08-05 05:48 pm (UTC)
The British ones were probably made by people who hated abstract art, the Polish ones are truly fantastic!
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2010-08-05 09:03 pm (UTC)
The British ones are made to a formula. Film posters back then always were.
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