Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Junk Love: Eastern Europe Goes to the Movies

I've always loved vintage posters--travel, advertising, music, whatever. But lately, I've been really intrigued by Czech and Polish film posters. It started with a Hitchcock, probably the coolest poster I've ever seen:
Czech film poster for The Birds

And then the madness began....If I had an extra hallway or two, these things would be on every square inch of wall. I love the graphic quality, and the fact that when I look at the posters, I have no idea what the movie is actually about, but I kind of understand how I'm supposed to feel about the movie. That Birds poster makes me uneasy. And so do these, but for different reasons:

Czech poster The Parallex View, 1977

Vintage Czech poster for 8 1/2

Czech poster, 1959


Czech poster by Karel Tiessel, 1965

Czech Cleo From 5 to 7;  by Jaroslav Fiser
The colors of this one are amazing:

1970 Czech poster for Les Gauloises Bleues
I really love the slightly altered take on this iconic character:
Czech Breakfast at Tiffany's

This one makes me want to sit in the dark and listen to sexy music:
1920s Czech poster for Erotikon

And then we have an interesting comparison of artwork for the same film, the Czech version on the left and the Polish version on the right. I think I'd rather see this one in Czechoslovakia (but I would hang both of them in my house!)....