50 Incredible Film Posters From Poland

When I’m not geeking out over design you can probably find me geeking out over film.  I spent a good 7 years of my life working behind the counters of various video stores across Western Canada and consider myself an avid film nerd.

So it’s not surprisingly that my jaw nearly hit the floor when a coworker introduced me to the wonderful world of Polish film posters a couple of years ago.  These conceptual masterpieces put the original American posters to shame every time; they are truly beautiful works of art.  Trimming this list down to a mere 50 posters that I absolutely love was surprisingly difficult.

Apocalypse Now

Rosemary’s Baby

Tootsie

Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back

Return Of The Pink Panther

Raging Bull

The Last Detail

Gandhi

The Fly

The Fly

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Harry And The Hendersons

The Getaway

M*A*S*H

Crocodile Dundee 2

Being There

Old Yeller

Terms Of Endearment

Terms Of Endearment

War Games

War Games

The China Syndrome

Weekend At Bernie’s

Weekend At Bernies

Gremlins

Eyes Wide Shut

The Shaggy Dog

Under The Volcano

Under The Volcano

The Late Show

Short Circuit 2

Missing

Don’t Look Now

Critters

Fanny And Alexander

Flipper

Straight Time

Son Of Godzilla

Stroszek

Breakfast At Tiffany’s

Days Of Heaven

Smokey And The Bandit

Permanent Vacation

Fatal Attraction

Airplane 2: The Sequel

The Hospital

The Hospital

Willow

Christine

The NeverEnding Story

Lord Of The Flies

Draughtsman’s Contract

The Changeling

Alphaville

Enter The Dragon

After Hours

Alien

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Yo, I'm Andrew Lindstrom. I am a freelance web designer based in Vancouver, Canada. When not geeking out over design, I'm likely geeking out over film, technology or pretending to play the guitar.

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  1. […] A collection of 50 Polish movie posters (the poster for Alien freaks me out every time) Tagged as: movie […]

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  3. Any suggestions where i can get these or similiar posters in higher resolution ?

  4. Gotta love the Polish school of design’s work. Always so creative.

  5. Okay people, here’s a list of some old school designers (designing without computers – only pencils, brushes, paint, pastels, photocopying etc.), the “Polish School of Poster”:

    – Henryk Tomaszewski (in my opinion, he is the godfather of Graphic Design!!!)
    – Roman Cieślewicz
    – Jan Lenica
    – Walerian Borowczyk
    – Jan Młodożeniec
    – Marek Mosiński
    – Franciszek Starowieyski
    – Waldemar Świerzy
    – Wojciech Zamecznik
    – Wojciech Fangor
    – Wiktor Górka
    – Józef Mroszczak
    – Rosław Szaybo
    – Maciej Urbaniec.

    Also check a few followers of “Polish School of Poster”:
    – Jacek Ćwikła
    – Sebastian Kubica
    – Monika Starowicz
    – Stefan Lechwar
    – Romana Kalarus
    – Andrzej Klimowski.

    Regards.

    Cezary.

  6. I recently visited the Krakow Poster Gallery whilst I was on holiday there with my boyfriend. The posters are even more incredible in real life, especially the original vintage prints. Needless to say we spent a fortune but it was so worth it. I now have a small collection of beutiful original 60’s polish film posters hanging in my apartment and they are something to be treasured.

  7. check out surealistic art by jacek yerka,now that is something to look at

  8. thanks al ot for sharing this collection of modern art!!

    stay creative and greetings from bremen/germany

  9. FINE ARTS!

  10. BONITO!

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  12. I posted an earlier message on here a year + ago, amazing how many comment are on here. Well done the author for creating so much awareness of the fantastic Polish Movie Posters. I am currently building my blog that is going to contain 100 PFP from my collection. Since my last post I had 200 posters, my collection now risen to 300, from 50s through to the late 90s and also some contemporay posters produced this decade by current artists making limited edition prints for galleries and collectors Market. There are indeed some wonderful new pieces of work around using more current design techniques – Photoshop etc, and done of these have to be seen.

    I’ll add a link on here when my blog is up but if anyone wants to contact me about my collection – 60 of which are framed and available for hire to galleries.

    Re. This remarkable collection here, all great pieces of work many of which are faces is mine, especially the Rosemary’s Baby, but what is missing are some of the more vibrant, bold and colourful works of the 70s, which I will give great examples of in my collection.

    I want to add one thing, imagine the dark grey streets if Zpoland during the reign of communism, these posters, posted outside cinemas and on town notice boards etc also brightened up otherwise grey and drap streets, artists used the art to
    Enlighten people’s lives adding colour and beautiful surreal images to enrich the community scenes. Imagine such colour and great art displayed on street corners, this would have been a pleasure to see, would never happen in our Western cities, only in art galleries. Perhaps from this particular collection it’s hard to imagine as many of the inshore are quite dark, but I will really try to give many different bold and colourful examples in my blog. Watch this space.

  13. Sorry about some of the typo errors in my last post just now. I just typed this on my iPhone on the busy morning train to Manchester, and this predictive text on the iPhone is a pain as if you slightly miss spell a word it changes it completely! If there’s a way to edit this post I would.

  14. I’m just ecstatic. Received excellent Polish film posters. I liked ..

  15. If it’s one thing to say for this, I would say this is the result of people being placed in a position they perhaps didn’t quite understand at all, but were given free reigns to do what they liked, and this is the result of working with such terrific artists who put brush or pen to paper and came up with these surreal, dazzling, unusual approaches to promoting a film to the public. The Polish School of Poster and the people who contributed to that school certainly showed what was possible in their home country during the heights of the Cold War. It’s also interesting if this school still survives today in some form or another, though I haven’t seen any recent posters to see how they’re doing it at all these days, though it would seem sad if it died.

    Chris Sobieniak / November 30th, 2010

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