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Rocky II 1980 Polish B1 Film Poster, Lutczyn

Lutczyn nicely re-uses the heart shaped boxing glove motif that he created for the first film's release. This time expanding it to a 4 leaf clover... presumably he thinks the titular Rocky is exceedingly lucky! It works as a wonderfully striking design.

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.

Actual poster size 26 1/8 x 38 1/4 inches.

Year 1980 (First year of release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish B1 (typically 27 x 39 inches)
Style -
Art by     Edward Lutczyn
Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Excellent/Near Mint
Condition Details Originally folded but stored flat for a long time and will be sent rolled. Original fold lines softened. Very minor tears on edges.

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