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The Bridge on the River Kwai 1988 Polish B1 Film Poster, Wasilewski

Another wonderfully contemporary design by Wasilewski features on this original Polish film poster for classic The Bridge on the River Kwai.

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 is sized 26 1/2 x 37 3/4 inches and will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1988 (First year of release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish B1 (typically 27 x 39 inches)
Style -
Art by     Mieczyslaw Wasilewski
Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Near Mint/Mint
Condition Details Originally folded with a single horizontal fold but stored flat a long time and fold-line barely noticeable. Very light creasing in places. Looks fabulous