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Raiders of the Lost Ark 1983 Polish B1 Film Poster, Erol

The original Polish film poster for Spielberg's cherished classic Raiders of the Lost Ark. Another fine design by one of the undisputed masters of the Polish School of Posters, Jakub Erol.

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 highly collectible vintage movie poster is sized 26 1/4 x 38 1/4 inches and will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1983 (First year of release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish B1
Style -
Art by     Jakub Erol
Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Excellent/Near Mint
Condition Details Originally folded (as issued) but stored flat a long time and folds barely noticeable. Very light creasing in places, mostly edges. Paper darkened with age a little. stain on back corner but doesn't show through to the front. Looks fantastic.