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Vertigo 1963 Polish A1 Film Poster, Cieslewicz

The extremely rare and wonderful Polish film poster for Hitchcock's Vertigo. Once seen, Cieslewicz design is, like the film itself, an unforgettable masterpiece! A very powerful and important piece.

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, deacidified and linen-backed and is sized 23 1/8 x 32 7/8 inches (25 5/8 x 35 1/2 inches including the linen-backing). It will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1963 (first-year-of-release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish A1 (23 x 33 inches)
Style -
Art by     Roman Cieślewicz
Rolled/Folded/Other Rolled Linen-backed
Condition Near Mint/Mint
Condition Details

Originally rolled with some wear, nicks and marking along left hand edge. Paper darkened with age. Professionally cleaned, deacidified and linen-backed in the European style (without any restoration) and looks amazing!