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Raiders of the Lost Ark 1983 Polish Film Poster, Twardowska

Fab original Polish film poster for Steven Spielberg's Raiders of the Lost Ark. Great design by Twardowska, a very rare poster.

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 18 3/4 x 25 1/2 inches. It will be sent rolled (unframed).

Year 1983 (first-year-of-release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish Small
Style -
Art by    

I. Twardowska

Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Excellent
Condition Details

Originally folded (as issued but stored flat a long time and fold-lines softened. Nicks and creases on edges, mostly right hand edge. Crease across top left corner and crease across bottom margin. Little marking top right. Display great