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The Blog from Oi Polloi presents: by Harry Longstaff •

There is no real reason for us posting this, but Polish film posters are mint, so we decided to show you a few.

There’s actually a pretty interesting story behind why they’re so bonkers: in communist Poland, film posters weren’t meant to celebrate celebrity and whatnot, they were supposed to celebrate the film itself. Also, they banned U.S promotional products, so there’s that as well.

Needless to say due to these bans and restrictions, Polish poster artists had to use every ounce of their creativity to advertise films in an interesting and "arty" way. The posters ended up being utterly insane, off-their-heads and obviously amazing.

We’ve collected a few of our favourites which include (going off what the posters suggest) Gun-Head Man, Screaming Bowling Pin, Foot-Kisser, Belt-Tooth, and Man Punches Other Man So Hard His Hand Pushes Through His Head, part 2 (part 1 is still a classic)

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  • Ari

    eyeseaposters.com also has a great selection

  • Francis Fowles

    Brilliant post. It has made my Monday morning. They’re all ace. I particularly love The Big Lebowski, Eyes Wide Shut and Casablanca posters.

  • Gareth

    A great post. Badlands one is hilarious.

  • CG

    polishposters.com

  • Gary

    Restriction is when we find our creativity, we find out if we are creative and if we can communicate. The Polish posters tread that line between graphic design and illustration, using heads, hands and heart. Drawing, printing, setting out type by hand, yeah that’s it, it takes time, Photoshop is mind numbing, Lenica, Cieszlewicz, Klimowski……. real.

  • Cameron Ellis

    Nice article and where can you get one of these wonderful pieces of art?…

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