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Tootsie 1984 Polish B1 Film Movie Poster, Walkuski

The Polish poster for Tootsie is undoubtedly the finest for the title. Highly inventive.

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 is 26 1/4 x 38 1/4 inches.

Year 1984 (First year of release in Poland)
Poster Type Polish B1 (27 x 39 inches)
Style -
Art by     Wieslaw Walkuski
Rolled/Folded/Other Folded/Rolled
Condition Excellent/Near Mint
Condition Details Originally folded but stored flat for a long time so fold-lines softened and will be sent rolled. Couple of nicks and creasing on edges, very little creasing on fold. Writing on back with a little bleed-through on bottom left - not very noticeable. Fantastic condition.

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