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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Polish Movie Posters

Most movie posters in the United States are downright boring.

They show the movie stars and share a cheesy catch-phrase or perhaps a one-liner from a movie reviewer.

The brilliant people in Poland, however, do things a little more fabulously.

Movie posters in Eastern Europe are artwork. The creators put so much heart and soul and hard work into them, the results are astounding.

They create movie posters which belong in art museums, much less movie theaters.

Some of the movie posters are obvious and others are conceptual, illustrating the soul of the film as a puzzle which needs to be carefully unraveled.

I recently stumbled upon the website, Polish Posters Shop, which features hundreds of these phenomenal treasures. I think they would make perfect decoration for any home or office.

Here are my favorites:



















There were many posters which I found perplexing, yet stunning. A simple glance at the poster does not reveal which film is being portrayed.

Can you guess the movie?












The answers are:

Weekend at Bernie's
Fatal Attraction
Flipper
Breakfast at Tiffany's


Did you get any of those right? Do you prefer these movie posters over American posters?

61 comments:

Jasmin said...

These are amazing, they'd look so beautiful framed in a modern apartment. I love that they add much more depth, intrigue and artistry to the film. Head over heels for that Dumbo one - it's darling! What an interesting post. x

Carrie said...

Really creative! I love how they take and make it so incredibly artistic. Love the Polish ones! One of my favourites who first did posters was Toulouse Le Trec!
XO Carrie
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Asta said...

wow..interesting..they do look like art pieces from museum.

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Andrés Corella said...

Ohh I actually guessed Fatal Attraction!! But it was because I read Michael Douglas and Glenn Close..so it had to be ahaha...Amazing posters..Tootsie poster is epic...and Sex and The City is hilarious!

xx
Andy
The Black Label

Christopher said...

Suddenly I find Sarah Jessica Parker to be so much more attractive after looking at that poster but I just can't put my finger on why.

Josie said...

I love the Breakfast at Tiffany's and My Fair Lady posters -- they're stunning!
xo Josie
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Jewellery Bijou said...

They are so cool!I love them and also I am Polish!

♥ Monica ♥ said...

so interesting post dear!!

Vintage Vixen said...

They are beautiful, cinema as an art form without the need for a celebrity image or a magazine endorsement. I'd hang any of these in my house. xxx

StarletStarlet said...

Jennifer!!! These blow my mind!

I love this curation, thank you, thank you!

The Sex and the city is super fun.

The tiffany - i just want to blow it up, print it, and hang it on my office, like right now.

And the Dumbo one is sooo cute!

Cookie said...

WOW, I don't know where you hove those from but I have to disapoint you those posters are really old and know in movie theaters we. in Poland where I come from, have exact same posters as you in the US. but some live theaters are still making these ;)
whish you fabulus day
Cookie

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i absolutely love them.
they do look amazing!
i'd like to hang some of them on my wall.

have a great day!

betty xx

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

I've seen similar posters in other european countries. So cool!

xoxo,

Chic 'n Cheap Living

Sherin said...

These are amazing! Definitely masterpieces for a museum. I love the one for Dumbo, despite the creepyness.

Melanie's Randomness said...

Now those are pretty damn cool posters!! I love the breakfast at tiffanys one and the sex and the city one!! I really have to visit Europe one day because seriously it's so much fun, even the posters rule!! =)

Katherines Corner said...

Wow, what a wonderful post. How creative, Well done. I only guessed two of the four. Hugs!

Dilan Dilir said...

have a wonderful day!

Dilan Dilir said...

have a wonderful day!

Imogen said...

Oh wow I can't believe the difference between these and what we have here. I never would have guessed they would be any different. The second one is hilarious. Its good to see so much effort go into them. I'm so sorry for my absence lately with commenting/reading your posts. I have missed you but I am back to blogging now.

RAW Fashion Magazine said...

I actually like these more they are thought provoking definitely - not that I could tell what movie it was but hey whatev xx
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amy b.s. said...

oh my gosh, that my fair lady poster is stunning!

Audrey Allure said...

Great posters; I'd like to see a mix of both here. Haha, the Sex & the City poster is just great.

Tights Lover said...

These are amazing. My Polish half is so proud right now :)!

I was able to guess Fatal Attraction and Breakfast at Tiffany's, although I must confess, I only guessed Fatal Attraction because the actors' names were at the bottom!

ps. I'm so excited you agreed to be part of my book project!

Leia said...

You're right, these movie posters ARE amazing! I guessed 3/4 right (I don't think I had ever heard of Flipper before though, so I can be forgiven, right?). The posters are truly thought-provoking works of art!

Leia

Pop Champagne said...

interesting, these posters are SO different. I like the Dumbo one

Oh to Be a Muse said...

wow, those posters are really awesome. i love the one for Gandhi!

i couldn't guess any of those right aside from Breakfast at Tiffany's, of course.

love how creative these posters are!

daisychain said...

these are seriously amazing xo

Mallory In New York said...

You're so right!! America is super boring... i really love the 'Tootsie' one!!

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Movies on my Mind said...

Goodness me, the Polish artists must be on drugs when they paint these posters. If you think Polish poster art is nuts you should see the state of Pakistani movie posters - scary stuff.

Anna Lea Isabelle said...

I live in Europe, but I have never seen anything like this. It looks great though.. I guess Norway has become too influenced by America.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Those are extraordinary. I love them.

lil miss Sauniya' said...

wow these are so much more interesting!! More creative and attractive actually, I like it better than the american versions :)

valncami said...

wow i really enjoyed these. they are gorgeous. youre right - US posters are pretty boring comparatively haha!

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Diego R. Wyatt said...

I want these framed in my place. American posters SUCK...it's unfortunate because we have so many talented artist here, but film companies want these glossy celebrity-driven posters that are boring and uninspired.

I am loving the Cabaret and Ghandi posters.

Diego
www.howtozipyourfly.com

Caitlin said...

Those posters are fascinating to look at, but they freak me out a little too. (Especially The Shining and Weekend at Bernie's) That said, I would really love to see the Polish versions of all those movies!

Kavery said...

What an amazing find - though some movies posters give a totally different slant on the movie. But would be great wall art.

Fashion Confessions of a Mommy said...

How cool are these posters. Love it and you are so right about the American ones. These are pieces of art.
Lovely post.
Daphne.
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chaoskontrolowany said...

Nice post:)

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StyleID said...

Wow, it never occurred to me that they had such an interesting ..."art", I am sure this has to be call ART.
Love them, I'd love to have at leas one on my living room.


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*Glam Chameleon* said...

I guessed right only for the Breakfast at Tiffany's!:D Those are fantastic posters, u love them or hate them- there is no middle, in my case is -> love!;)
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Bonnie said...

Movie posters in the U.S. are so stupid and boring. They all look the same! All you need to do is replace the different actors' heads with other actors' heads and BAM -- same thing. The U.S. needs to turn more Polish. Maybe more people would go to the movies, then.
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Kristin said...

Awwwwwww, I like the Dumbo one!

drollgirl said...

um, these are fucking awesome! i keep staring and staring at them!

Mimi said...

these are definitely different from american posters, and they have more character. :) i love the ones for gandhi and dumbo. :D

<3, Mimi
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Haze said...

OMG! Love it. These are very creative, ones I wouldn't mind putting up in a frame and hanging it somewhere in the house. Love the Sex and the City.

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Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

I love them so creative and polish!! so cool thanks for sharing doll


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Nikosmommy said...

Hilarious! And so creative...so NOT "Hollywood"!!!

http://www.mientrasmevisto.com said...

hi!! love your poster selection. I prefer the originalvintage poster, i love them!! thanks for your comment, i see you! kiss from Madrid. sami

Anna Lea Isabelle said...

Aw, thats so sweet of you:) Thank you.

Cafe Fashionista said...

Gah! These are priceless! I seriously cannot get over the Sex and the City poster - haha! :)

love jenny xoxo said...

these are amazing... i would want to hang these on my walls!! I had no idea the Polish did this! Why can't the US do it too!?!

And thanks so much for the Vegas tips, they really came in handy!!!

XOXO

Haute World said...

Some of these remind me of the more intricate concert posters you sometimes see. I love the idea of illustrated movie posters though (like back in the day). So wish they rest of the world would still do them! The second set is definitely bizarre. Never would have guessed Fatal Attraction or Weekend at Bernies...

Mary said...

Great poster selection!
I love especially the dumbo one:)
Have a great weekend
Xoxo
Mary
fashionteaat5.blogspot.com

Raji said...

These are wonderful! Remind me a lot of the likes of Toulouse Lautrec and Moulin Rouge, back in the time where posters were considered to be works of art. These are fantastically creative so much more exciting than the generic hollywood ones we're used to

Katie said...
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Katie said...

These are AWESOME. Thanks for the link, I'll be checking these out. Man, you're one of my favorite bloggers (Shh! don't tell anyone.) How do you find this stuff??

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Marie said...

Oh holy COW. These are absolutely incredible. ALl of them!! I want them all!!

I got Flipper and Breakfast at Tiffany's right :)

-Marie
So What If I Like Pretty Things

jen Ben said...

Awesome post! Did you know Rick and I have 2 framed Polish Opera Posters in our apartment; we love them :-) I will try to bring one back for you the next time we go!

lalabang said...

I love the idea, so creative! I want to buy one and put on my room :)

Aleksandra said...

Lol I feel so weirdly proud, considering i am Polish and Poland does not get much recognition for some of the things its done. Great post ;)