Saturday, March 3, 2018

Some Polish movie posters from the 1920s and 1930s, part 3

I love looking around digital databases. And if those databases are located in other countries, all the better.

Recently, I returned to Polona, a digital archive from Poland which features Polish books, magazines, newspapers, and ephemera - such as movie posters. Except for the first poster shown in the first post, a 1939 poster for When You're in Love (1937), and the last poster in the last post, a 1932 poster for Prix de beaute (1930), I didn't find any other posters related to Louise Brooks career, but I did find a number of rather attractive posters promoting American films of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s. (Most of the posters in this digital collection date from the 1930s, when Brooks' career was in sharp decline and her films were seldom shown in Europe.)

Interestingly, these posters are predominately typographical, with very few images. The best of them play with design, varying the size, color, orientation and type of font displayed. There are more than 1700 posters. Here are a few that caught my eye due to their design or the film or stars featured. Tomorrow's post will feature even more posters.

Mazurka, starring the Polish born Pola Negri
Shadow of Sherlock Holmes ?

Love Me and the World Is Mine (1927)
Fritz Lang's Dr. Mabuse, the Gambler
Faust, with Emil Jannings and Camilla Horn (the first silent film I ever saw on TV)
this 1927 poster says that this military cinema in Dęblin was showing a German film

with Zarah Leander, and with Boris Karloff

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