Long ago and far away, we became **BIG** fans of the Czech and Polish poster revolution.

The ((brief)) history of the posters themselves took shape on the social and political nature of Czechoslovakia after the second World War... The communist regime at the time allowed for the existence of one single film distributor to exist. Selecting, advertising and screening films into one state centralised entity let Western advertising to essentially be inexistent - to keep costs down.

So Czech painters, illustrators, and designers were commissioned to create posters instead. Imagine the challenges.. the possibilities.. the inspiration (or lack thereof, perhaps?) >> Artists rarely got to see the actual films they were creating work for, given only the title, synopsis and, at best, what few press clippings were available to draw from... Such freedoms to create their own interpretations -- rather than be constrained, like so many of us artists today -- led to some provocative and highly original work.

Our "fanship" of these posters later led to being connoisseurs and soon collectors... Then... Upon moving to Prague, we honed in on Terry Posters, the biggest shop with film posters in the Czech Republic, with more than 6000 original author graphic posters in its database -- and, we might add, opened by director Terry Gilliam in November 2005. Such a ​place not only houses the most magnificent collection of posters we're inspired by most, but it's a place of refuge for original print exhibitions in the halls nearby, in the theatre, Kino Světozor...

Fast-forward to one day this late-October. We happened to notice, by chance, Terry Posters would be sponsoring a 'competition' of sorts, to celebrate 10 years since it's opening, where artists were asked to design film posters for any of the 50 films preselected by Terry Posters. With no time to design much of anything by the November 1st deadline, we swiftly skimmed their list... We ​held our breath and ​scrambled to ​re-configure a couple posters we happened to already have on that list, submitting one for Star Wars: A New Hope (1977)... and one for Planet of the Apes (1968).

Then.......... One late-November afternoon, in our FB-newsfeed, we immediately spotted in the shiny edge of Terry Posters' updated cover-photo, their chosen handful of submissions to represent event... and there presided our design and submission for the Planet of the Apes​ >>

Terry Posters received 239 original film poster designs, submitted by 160 authors. Out of that, they selected 100 posters to be displayed in the Prague based cinemas Aero (which has been one of our all time favorite cinemas), Světozor and Bio Oko, University Cinema Scala in Brno and Bio Centrál in Hradec Králové.​

Needless to say, we've come a long way in our journey from fans of the Czech film poster art​ to now... being immersed in what this film-culture is doing to preserve the movement. We are truly humbled.

**The opening of the exhibition will take place in Kino Světozor on Vodičkova 41 in Prague 1 - TOMORROW!! >> Wednesday, December 9th at 5:30pm. Please join us!**

...and if not then, the exhibition will be at Kino Světozor from December 9th til January 9th, 2016.

One last screenshot from Kino Světozor's homepage ;-)

 

Featured posts

Poster design for feature documentary film "Dreadtown" (2016)
Outline In Black
Reflective Quality
I Of My I
Where Everyone Knows My Name
The Last Boy
10,000 BCE
Love (Part 2)
Love
Terry Poster Exhibition (Part 2 - Printed & hung at Kino Světozor, Kino Aero & Bio Oko!)
Terry Poster Exhibition! (Part 1)
A Place To Bury Strangers - 2015
Promo Graphics for UK documentary, "Dreadtown" (2016)
Planet Of The Apes @ Ponrepo
Femme Fatale
It's All Above Our Heads
Left Behind
Shock Corridor
Ben's Opening Exhibition @  Jericho
Ben's Jericho Exhibition
The Confusion of Tongues
My Own Private Box
Diving For A Winston
Archangel
Breaking Records
Emperor
The Dandy Warhols
Don't Look Now (1973) - signed print from Donald Sutherland
Mash (1970) - signed print from Donald Sutherland
Poster design & exhibition for "Star Wars: Episode V" (Part 3 - from Ponrepo's Midnight Movie series 15.5.2015)
Poster design & exhibition for "Rambo" (Part 2 - from Ponrepo's Midnight Movie series 17.4.2015)
Poster design & exhibition for "Psycho" (Part 1 - from Ponrepo's Midnight Movie series 7.4.2015)
Being Born
Judgment
Star Wars @ Kino Ponrepo
Triangle
Orca
Crossing Over
It's As Easy As Winking
T is for Train
Partial Solar Eclipse
Rambo: First Blood | screening @ Ponrepo on Friday
Alpha - Printed!!
Psycho
Closely Watched Trains
The Black Tower
Tadeusz Brzozowski
Lucas Samaras
The Club Dumas
John Coplans
Józef Mroszczak
She Wolf
Waldemar Swierzy
Henri Rousseau
Caligula
Brassaï
Morte a Venezia
Of Days, Lost and Forgotten
Jack Wolfgang Beck
Captain
Here We'll Stay
Pierre Bosman
Edward Steichen
The Seventh Seal
Giorgio De Chirico
Seeing Is Believing
Max Ernst
Alpha
Alpha
set design for Berliner's, "Pretty Mery K"
Alpha
The 10th Victim
Link
Miro Gregor
Alpha
Boom
Burnt Offerings
Three Card Monte
Voyage Into The Unknown
Run Man Run
Strain
Deep Deep Down
The Unconscious Mind
The Art Of Gymnastics
Eyes Of Fire
The Toilet That Dreaded Sundown
The Best Ribs In Town
A Crack On The Head
It Happened In Broad Daylight
Raiders Of Atlantis
Eye See Me
Chalk On Wood
Tras el Cristal / In A Glass Cage (1986)
Lost In The Land Of The Living
This Isn't a Pile of Trash, It's a Dog.
Jack Deth
In The Land Of The Blind
 Gunfight At The O.K. Corral
The Thinker
Foot Of The Bed
Lost In A Sea Of Dreams
Finding The Right Boot
The Fear Of Losing Control
Everything Is New To Me
A Day To Remember
For You I Die
Witch Doctor
The Soft Moon (USA) - 2013 "B&W"
Kitty, Want A Cracker?
Chinatown
The 8 Signs Of A Bad Leader
Alice Sweet Alice
Bloodstained Shadows
Feline From Martinique
The Draughtsman's Contract
Someone's Son
Seahorse
Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
The Beast Within
Narrow Confines
Anthony Hinšt
Pebbles Bouncing On The Surface
Hope Is Extinguished Little By Little.
Blue Sunshine
Americká Grafika
The Act Of Diverting
Their Gaze Locked For Several Long Moments
Lucien Clergue
How To Get Freakishly Long Looking Lashes In 28 Days
Steichen's Photograph of Isadora Duncan -
Each Brand Of Gin Has Its Personality
Walter Allner
The Night Digger
Yam Pak-Nin
Miro Gregor
Miro Gregor
Give A Man Enough Rope And He Will Hang Himself
Everything Comes To An End
Rings Of Saturn
A Tempest In A Teapot
Blonde Redhead (2014) in Berlin (Part 2)
Blonde Redhead (2014) in Berlin (Part 1)
Self-Reference
In One Door, There Is No Other
Shadey Cowboy
Amusing Oneself
 Preset Trajectory
Personal Hygiene
At The Top Of My Voice
Late Night Reading
He Is Risen
Crusaders Against Time
Each Dawn I Die
Lucky 36
The Home Of Obedience
All The Colors Of The Dark
The Fullness Of Possession
Window Display
The Back Of Beyond
He Has Weighed And Now They Divide
Honey I'm Home
At The Height Of Power
Delmak-O
Walker On Earth
From One Generation To The Next
Angel
Keeping Watch
Controlled By Its Driver
(Of A Person) Remote And Impersonal
From The Tips Of My Fingers
Monitoring Your Newsfeed
The Wind Will Carry Me
Urban Blight
Planked Through The Looking Glass
Rest In Publication
Steve Crisp
Geoffrey Salter
Underground Gliding
The Sun in a Net
Hidden By Veils of Clouds
I Speak For The Trees
What Is Mine Is Yours
Gillian Lewis
David Salle
A Stylish Performance
Half Were First Class
His Delicate Arch
Performed With Relative Ease
Paul Hogarth
John Stezaker
Distributing Power
Karel Teige
Bob Pepper
Left Behind
Bob Brooks
Fantomas Is Watching You
Ota Janeček
Lost Plant
Karel Hájek
James Boswell
Minas Avetisyan
Edgar Allan Poe
The Looking Glass War
George Tscherny
The Joyous Invasions
Welcome to the Monkey House
Martine Francková
The Pledge
Childhood's End
A Murder of Quality
Simon Kiladze
Viktor Achlomov
Petr Zhor
Martine Francková
Simon Kiladze
Saul Bass
Dean Meeker
Portrety Hanse Geddy
Petr Zhoř
Viktor Achlomov
Algirdas Pilveslis
Stefan Gierowski
Bohumil Štěpán - Part 2
Brian Jonestown Massacre (USA/Berlin) - 2014
Brian Jonestown Massacre (2014) in Prague
White Lies (2013) in Prague
An Ode to Spring, Part 2
An Ode to Spring…
A Place To Bury Strangers (2012) in Prague
Beach House (2012) in Prague
Francizek Starowieyski
Black Lips (2014) in Prague (Part 2)
Black Lips (2014) in Prague (Part 1)
35mm - Berlin (Part 2)
Kamil Lhoták
The Warlocks - album cover design (Part 2)
The Warlocks (2013) in Berlin (Part 1)
Here We'll Stay (2014)
Vladimír Lavický
A (Alpha)
Bohumil Štěpán - Part 1
35mm - Berlin (Part 1)
Jan Souček
The Best Ribs In Town Stranded Rebel Without A Cause (1955) The Last Deed of Kamo (1974) Run Man Run (1968) Orca (1977) The Draughtsman's Contract (1982) The Soft Moon (USA) - 2013 "in-blue" A Place To Bury Strangers (USA) - 2012