Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Polish Film Poster of the Week (10/15-10/22)
This week: Down By Law (1991); artist: Andrzej Klimowski
The 411: In 1991, Poland got Jarmusch. Klimowski designed this poster, the one for Mystery Train included below, and this one for Stranger Than Paradise. They are all of a piece, stylistically, but each do their own thing within the established (and oft-seen around this time) form of collage mixed with illustration. Major Polish Poster Motif #1, the obscuring of part or all of the human face, is satisfied most classically in the Mystery Train poster, while the image for Stranger Than Paradise uses it more obliquely, with the figures standing with their backs to the viewer.
Andrzej Klimowski is a fascinating character. He was born in London, made his name in Polish poster design, and has lately turned to the graphic novel form. He's also a silent film enthusiast. A great article on Klimowski originally published in The Comics Journal a few years ago, can be found here.