Western Amerykanski: Polish Poster Art and the Western

A sequence of twenty-two Polish film posters for American Westerns, curated by Will Schofield at 50 Watts, drawing on the excellent Western Amerykanski: Polish Poster Art & The Western. Thanks to Adrian O’Shaughnessey for unearthing this.

The American Western had a resonance for Polish cinema-goers in the era of Soviet repression. In the hands of Polish artists the film poster became a vehicle for subliminal commentary: Polish sympathies lay with the Indian, not the cowboy. Jerzy Jaworowski’s 1962 poster for the aptly-titled Misfits, brings to mind Picasso’s petrified horse in Guernica.

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