Film-inspired art: Polish posters for Australian films

The art of poster-making flourished in Poland following the Second World War. There were two main state institutions that commissioned artists to create posters: Film Polski (Polish Film) and Centrala Wynajmu Filmow (Movie Rentals Central).

Competition among artists and art-school graduates for commissions was fierce, and since they were not working with or for Hollywood movie studios, they were free to create designs inspired more by the mood of a film than its literal imagery.

This creativity and freedom of expression is why collectors still prize these Polish film posters today. 

You can see examples of Polish poster art for some Australian films below.