Apparently whenever US movies were released in Soviet-era Poland, the posters were discarded and replaced by new versions by Polish artists
. Alternately disturbing and frickin' awesome, and often containing political comments of varying subtlety.
posted by genghis
on Sep 6, 2008 -
Stanislav Szukalski was born in Warta, Poland on December 13, 1893. When he was only six years old, a teacher sent him to the headmaster's office for whittling a pencil. The headmaster examined the pencil more closely and discovered that young Stanislav had carved a tiny, near-perfect figure. [more inside]
posted by louche mustachio
on Jan 23, 2008 -
Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz
for short. Artist
, photographer, absurdist playwright
, surrealist novelist, philosopher
, witness to the Russian revolution
, art theoretician and critic
, the Great Malinowski's closest friend
, drug fiend
, and by most accounts a raving maniac
pain in the ass. His greatest novel
was sadly prophetic: fleeing east to escape the invading Nazis, and then hearing the news that the Communists were also on the way, he slit his wrists on September 18, 1939 in the village of Jeziory, a martyr and victim to his obstinate belief in the freedom and independence of man against the bankruptcy of ideology and the coming wave of totalitarianism
, but this guy's work is just too bizarrely compelling
, and his legacy too obscure, to not get a little bit more attention.
posted by Meatbomb
on Nov 18, 2006 -
Freedom on the Fence: The Polish Poster.
While we're at it: The history and culture of the Polish poster
and an analysis of American Films in Polish Posters
. Or, if you'd prefer, The Classic Polish Film Poster
database (where the Disney/Children's film posters
are quite lovely). Also, The Wallace Library
at the Rochester Institute of Technology has a fantastic searchable and browse-able database, with many hi-res images. Finally, some other Polish Poster Galleries. (What's that? You want more? You want artist-specific galleries? Okay. Here's work by Mieczyslaw Gorowski, Piotr Kunce, Wieslaw Walkuski, and Jan Sawka. Oh, you wanted Communist-era Polish propaganda posters? Fine. Here ya go.) [previous MeFi discussion on Polish film posters; also, some of the images from these links may be NSFW, depending on how S your W environment is.]
posted by .kobayashi.
on Mar 13, 2005 -