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Plakat Polski / The Polish Poster – Essential Books for Collectors vol. 2

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

We love Polish movie posters almost as much as we love Czech ones. This vintage book that we’re just about to present, is a great introduction to the world of Polish poster art.

Stories behind the production of Czech and Polish film posters are quite similar. They were both widely designed during the Communist era. Designers were usually not able to see foreign movies, so in most cases, they had to base their design ideas on the movie title only. This usually led to totally unique, bizarre and quite surreal artworks. And these masterpieces continue to fascinate art lovers all around the world till today.

The Book

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

This beautiful book was published in 1979 in Warsaw (15000 pieces). It covers all different kinds of posters, but the part about movie posters is quite significant (pages 113 – 147).

The size of this hardcover book is 270 x 260 mm (approx. 11 x 10 inches). It also has a very nice dust jacket.

The whole book is in Polish, however, there is an interesting 4-page introduction in English too.

“…this unique atmosphere of posters by Polish designers originates not only in their excellent wormanship, but also in something else that could be generally called a high standard of visual culture.”

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

The quality of poster reproductions in the book is really high. You can find 68 posters inside, some of them are full-page.

You can admire posters of great movies such as Klute (starring Jane Fonda), Cabaret, Guernica, Cries, and Whispers by Ingmar Bergman, 3 Women by Robert Altman and many more.

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

On the last pages, there is a list of all designers featured in the book. You can find famous names such as: Jan Mlodozeniec, Andrzej Dudzinski, Rene Mulas, Wiktor Gorka, Jerzy Flisak, Alzbieta Procka, Romuald Socha, Jan Lenica and many more.

Plakat Polski, The Polish poster - Original vintage book about Polish film posters

This beautiful vintage book is a must-have for every poster design lover.

Eager to learn more about Polish movie posters? Visit Classic Polish Film Posters : database, images, info on all Polish film posters ever designed, with emphasis on the 50s to 70s.

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