May 17, 2010 by abbyo
As with most folks, every once in a while I find myself stumbling around the internet, looking at countless viral videos, blogs and other such web flotsam. Every once in a while, though, I find something that’s really worth sharing. A while ago, through a combination of coincidence and curiosity, I was introduced to the fascinating world of Czech and Polish film posters. Starting in the 1950s and up until 1989, graphic artists in Czechoslovakia and Poland were cranking out some seriously gorgeous posters that are practically their own form of modern art. Have a look at this one for Lindsay Anderson’s movie “If…” from 1968:
Probably tbe best place to learn more about these posters is terry-posters.com the web site for a Prague poster shop that sells and displays a huge range of posters from the golden age of poster art, as well as some contemporary stuff.
The thing I really enjoy about these posters is the way in which they reflect (or don’t reflect) the movies they’re promoting. Sometimes, as with this poster for “The Conversation,” the artists seem to have a kind of analytical insight into the film.
Other times, it seems like the artist only got a look at handful of film stills and came up with a loose interpretation of what they thought the film was about. I’ll let you guess what movie this poster is for:
(Here’s a hint: it’s a classic that stars Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, Sigourney Weaver and the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man)
So, if ever you find yourself with some extra time on your hands and a hankering for some visual stimulation, do yourself a favor and take a look through the online galleries at Terry Posters. It’s a really intriguing and fun site, and gives people a chance to learn about a somewhat obscure but absolutely neat bit of film and art history.