Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde

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By Maria Bazhlekova

Susan Pack’s Film Posters of the Avant-Garde is a collection of prints from the Soviet Union from the 1920’s and 1930’s, a period characterized by high creativity, before the Stalin regime made Soviet Realism its official art doctrine.  I have yet to look through the book though I plan to in the future after looking at *’s scans of these few select posters.

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Poster for Dziga Vertov’s Man with the Movie Camera

The vague sense of Surrealist influence and the bright yet ever so slightly muted colors make these posters a marvel.  The well known designs Saul Bass would go on to create later have a clear influence from these Soviet prints in their color pallet and use of color blocks.

Posters of Saul Bass

More posters can be found here: Film Posters of the Russian Avant-Garde

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