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400 Blows 1960 Polish Film Movie Poster, Swierzy

The exceedingly rare Polish film poster for Truffaut’s first full-length, and influential New Wave, film The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups). We adore Swierzy's wonderfully contemporary artwork of the film's young protagonist.

The end of the Second World War marked the dawn of a new period in the development of Polish poster art, which became known as the Polish School of Posters. The recently installed Communist regime began commissioning artists to design posters not only with social and political messages, but also, and more prominently, to promote the many aspects of the government-run (Ministry of Art and Culture) cultural media: concerts, exhibitions, film, jazz, opera, theatre, etc. and the circus (cyrk in Polish). The artists were instructed to reject Western values in their posters and were to follow rules about appropriate messaging, but other than that, they had complete artistic freedom. This resulted in some truly unique and bold designs, chock-full with individual personality, wit and subversive commentary. Heavy in metaphors and symbolism and executed in a painterly fashion with handcrafted typography the posters of the Polish School of Posters significantly influenced the international development of graphic design. The highly original designs remain contemporary to this day and continue to gain appreciation.

This vintage movie poster has been professionally cleaned, de-acidifed and linen-backed. It is sized 24 x 34 1/8 inches (24 3/4 x 35 including the linen-backing) and will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1960 (first-year-of-release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish A1 (23 x 33 inches)
Style -
Art by    

Waldemar Swierzy

Rolled/Folded/Other Rolled - Linen-backed
Condition Excellent
Condition Details Touch up to margins and background. Looks great