Every movie memorabilia collector understands how valuable books about posters are. They provide useful information that can feed and grow our collector’s passion.
In this series, we’ll present the best books ever published about original Czech (and Czechoslovakian) movie posters. Some of them are true gems and are almost not possible to find anymore. Others are still available from time to time if you’re lucky.
Sadly there are only a few books that more or less cover this amazing topic of Czech film posters. Some of them are basically only filled with reprints, others go deeper and provide interesting information about the designers behind these amazing artworks.
Also, there are some quite interesting books which are not focused on movie posters exclusively. They touch this topic in the broader context of poster art or design or typography in general.
We hope that you will enjoy this series. Let’s start right away with our favorite book called…
FLASHBACK. Czech and Slovak Film Posters 1959 – 1989
Published in 2004 this was originally meant as a catalog for the exhibition. It’s in English and Czech language.
The quality of the book and the print are simply stunning. Also, the size is quite impressive. All of these factors make this beautiful book a must-have for every serious film memorabilia collector. There is only one edition of this book which contains 1500 pieces.
The size of this hardcover book is 330 x 233 mm (approx. 13 x 9 inches). It also has a very nice dust jacket.
The poster used for the cover is the most famous Czech poster for movie Něžná (Une femme douce, directed by Robert Bresson) – this fabulous artwork was designed by Olga Polackova-Vyletalova in 1970.
Another poster used on the front page (under the dust jacket) is Marat/Sade from 1967 designed by Milan Grygar.
There are seven pages of opening text called “The Story of Film Posters” which is followed by a short essay called “The Posters in Slovakia 1959-1989”. Another text is by famous poster designer Zdenek Ziegler (who is also the designer of cover and layout of this book) and it’s titled “Welcome to Hard Times…!”.
The biggest part of this book is designated to the selection of most famous Czech and Slovak film poster artists such as Jiri Balcar, Zdenek Kaplan, Karel Lastovka, Karel Machalek, Petr Pos, Karel Saudek, Jiri Salamoun, Karel Teissig, Karel Vaca, Josef Vyletal and many more.
FLASHBACK is filled with dozens of great reproductions of the best posters ever made. The colors are great which you will appreciate especially with amazing full page pictures.
Last but not least
The true gem is hidden at the end of this book – Catalog of 1969 Czech movie posters. This is the best present for every serious collector. This list is not covering 100% of the Czech posters made between 1969-1989 but it’s super close to this target.
What can we say? If you can only have one book on this wide topic you should probably choose this one. It is a true masterpiece and Bible for every lover of Czech vintage movie posters.