Vintage Polish Movie Posters: When Hollywood Met The Hammer And Sickle

Cabaret Polish

1972: In possibly one of the most bizarre movie posters ever, this work by Wiktor Gorka for the film “Cabaret” is probably only a little weirder than the actual storyline of the movie, if you stopped to think about it.
Source: Blogspot

American-made movies are shown—and increasingly made for viewing—around the world, so it makes sense that their advertising would change with the country – if for no other reason than to accommodate language difference. Sometimes these changes are barely noticeable, and merely highlight the nuance of a “foreign” perspective. Other times, Rocky ends up looking like a chick flick.

Poland stands out in the international film advertising mix, and rightfully so. From 1945 to 1989, Poland was under the clutches of the Soviet bloc, where U.S. “propaganda” material was strictly banned. Working around the constraints of the ban, Polish artists produced colorful and quirky film posters that often have very little to do with the movie they portray. These often contrasting, sometimes mind-boggling depictions of American cinema have to be seen to be believed.

Polish King Kong

1968: Rivaling Godzilla, this poster for “King Kong Escapes” leaves you muttering, “Escape from whom or what, exactly?” or maybe “Tell me why is he’s purple again?”
Source: Botch The Crab

Polish Movie Posters Tora

1970: A delightfully dreadful poster by Maciej Hibner for the World War II film “Tora! Tora! Tora!”
Source: Tumblr

Polish Movie Posters Working Girl

1988: Polish art legend Andrzej Pagowski’s poster for Mike Nichols’ “Working Girl”. This one looks more like a Hitchcock film than the posters for any other Hitchcock film.
Source: Projector Magazine

Rocky Poster

1976: This re-imagining of “Rocky” will make you swoon. What they don’t tell you is because it’s from a sudden blow to the face. Source: Gallery Hip

Polish Movie Posters Rosemary's Baby

1968: You may remember “Rosemary’s Baby” as a creepy and controversial film by Roman Polanski about a young mother who gives birth to a demon baby. Maybe you should have seen this movie instead.
Source: Blogspot

Polish Movie Posters Starman

1984: Daft Punk’s new album with cover art by Shel Silverstein? Nope! That’s John Carpenter’s “Starman” poster. Thanks for playing!
Source: iPhoto Scrap

New Hope Poster

1978: This Polish/Russian poster for “Star Wars: A New Hope” makes you wonder if the giant space-panther named Darth Vader could double as a demented party clown for your next party and terrorize your children, your friends’ children, and most likely the entire world.
Source: Mean Sheets

Polish Godzilla

1957: An ad for “Godzilla” – the cute, cuddly, turquoise-colored destroyer of Japan. Maybe he snuggles everyone to death? Source: Pinterest

Erin Kelly
Erin Kelly is a freelance writer, artist and video editor that splits her time between the humid Midwest and the dusty corners of her mind.
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