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Beautiful Polish film posters for banned American films

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BEFORE the Wall came down and the EU came knocking, Polish film posters for American film were handmade. Nowadays, Poles are seduced to Americans films with the usual cocktail of edited quotes from critics and airbrushed photography. But when US publicity material was banned, film posters for Yankee movies were created by artists interpreting the film.

There is no proof that they were more effective in getting punters in to watch the film. But the billboards would have been more beautiful:

Gremlins

Gremlins

Artist: Jan Mlodozeniec
Year: 1985

Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday

Artist: Jerzy Flisak
Year: 1959

Cabaret

Cabaret

Artist: Wiktor Gorka
Year: 1973

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown

Artist: Hanna Bodnar
Year: 1978

Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty

Artist: Hanna Bodnar
Year: 1962

Sunset Boulevard

Sunset Boulevard

Artist: Waldemar Swierzy
Year: 1957

101 Dalmatians

101 Dalmatians

Artist: Liliana Baczewska
Year: 1967

Willow

Willow

Artist: Wieslaw Walkuski
Year: 1989

Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Artist: Jerzy Flisak
Year: 1979

Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Artist: Eryk Lipinski
Year: 1969

Poltergeist

Poltergeist

Artist: Jakub Erol
Year: 1984

Alien

Alien

Artist: Jakub Erol
Year: 1980

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Artist: Grzegorz Marszalek
Year: 1983

Dirty Dancing

Dirty Dancing

Artist: Mieczyslaw Wasilewski
Year: 1989

Tootsie

Tootsie

Artist: Wieslaw Walkuski
Year: 1984

Dances with Wolves

Dances with WolvesArtist: Andrzej Pagowski

Year: 1991

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Artist: Eryk Lipinski
Year: 1968

The Return of the Pink Panther
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Artist: Edward Lutczyn
Year: 1977

Star Wars

Star Wars

Artist: Jakub Erol
Year: 1978

The Empire Strikes Back

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Artist: Miroslaw Lakomski
Year: 1983

Return of the Jedi

Return of the Jedi

Artist: Witold Dybowski
Year: 1984

2001 : A Space Odyssey

2001 - A Space Odyssey

Artist: Wiktor Gorka
Year: 1973

Working Girl

Working Girl

Artist: Andrzej Pagowski
Year: 1990

Weekend at Bernie’s

Weekend at Bernie’s

Artist: Jakub Erol
Year: 1990

War Games

War Games

Artist: Mieczyslaw Wasilewski
Year: 1985

Wall Street

Wall Street

Artist: Andrzej Pagowski
Year: 1988

Vertigo

Vertigo

Artist: Roman Cieslewicz
Year: 1963

The Birds

The Birds

Artist: Bronislaw Zelek
Year: 1965

Rosemary’s Baby

osemary’s Baby

Artist: Andrzej Pagowski
Year: 1984

Taxi Driver

Taxi DriverArtist: Andrzej Klimowski

Year: 1978

The Untouchables

The Untouchables

Artist: Mieczyslaw Wasilewski
Year: 1987

Paper Moon

Paper Moon

Artist: Jerzy Flisak
Year: 1975

Fatal Attraction

Fatal Attraction

Artist: Maciej Kalkus
Year: 1988

The Godfather

The GodfatherArtist: Tomasz Ruminski

Year: 1973

The Godfather: Part II

The Godfather- Part II

Artist: Andrzej Klimowski
Year: 1976

The Terminator

The Terminator

Artist: Jakub Erol
Year: 1987

Empire of the Sun

Empire of the Sun

Artist: Andrzej Pagowski
Year: 1989

Back to the Future

Back to the Future

Artist: Mieczyslaw Wasilewski
Year: 1986

Sabrina

Sabrina

Artist: Maciej Zbikowski
Year: 1967

Ordinary People

Ordinary People

Artist: Jan Mlodozeniec
Year: 1983

Terms of Endearment

Terms of Endearment

Artist: Andrzej Pagowski
Year: 1985

The Graduate

The Graduate

Artist: Maciej Zbikowski
Year: 1973

The Muppet Movie

The Muppet Movie

Artist: Waldemar Swierzy
Year: 1982

Labyrinth

Labyrinth

Artist: Wieslaw Walkuski
Year: 1987

Dumbo

Dumbo

Artist: Anna Huskowska
Year: 1961

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