Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Art of the Modern Movie Poster 1 - Roman Cieslewicz

The book Art of the Modern Movie Poster is a remarkable collection of post-WWII movie posters from all of the world. It introduces to me many great poster designers esp. those from Eastern Europe. Since most posters were designed for art films, I also found many interesting movies to check out.

The book starts with Polish movie posters, also in my opinion the most riveting part. The Polish style was so avant-garde at that time, reminiscent of Russian Constructivism. My favorite designer is Roman Cieslewicz (1930-1996). Born in Lvov, Poland, he spent most his life in France where he worked as art director of Vogue, Elle and Mafia. Rather than using movie scenes or star portraits, he developed a unique movie poster language which is abstract, metaphorical and emotional.


Anonymous said...

wow, I really appreciate the illustrative quality of all the posters from this era. Has more enduring emotional impact, just like the art of cinema. - ptbkr

XENIA said...

Yes, the 'enduring emotional impact' is hard to find in today's design and cinema.