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March 20, 2022

27 Gorgeous Avant-Garde Movie Posters of the Soviet Union

The Bolsheviks understood the value of the new art of cinema, even Vladimir Lenin himself considered that it is “the most important of the arts”. 

As the government embraced cinema as the best means of propaganda in the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution and subsequent civil war, a group of young, talented artists emerged and helped contribute to a new Soviet culture. They created dynamic, experimental, explosive posters, papering the streets with wild colors and arresting imagery to draw people to the movies.

High Society Wager or The Weather Station, directed by Carl Froelich, 1923

Kino-Eye, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1924

John's Skirts, directed by Clifford S. Smith, 1924

Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, 1925

A Sixth Part of the World, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1926

The Punishment of Shirvanskaya, directed by Ivane Perestiani, 1926

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, directed by Walter Ruttmann, 1927

The Eleven Devils, directed by Zoltan Korda and Carl Boese, 1927

Six Girls Seeking Shelter, directed by Hans Behrendt, 1927

Spartakiad, directed by Joseph Poselsky, 1927

The Love Triangle, directed by Abram Room, 1927

Khuti Tsuti, directed by Alexander Balagin and Georgy Zelondzev-Shipov, 1928

The Doll with Millions, directed by Sergei Komarov, 1928

A Real Gentleman, directed by Clyde Bruckman, 1928

Moulin Rouge, directed by D.A. Dupont, 1928

Sporting Fever, directed by Alfred Dobbelt and Boris Nikoforov, 1928

Turksib, directed by Viktor Turin, 1929

The Communard's Pipe, directed by Kote Marjanishvili, 1929

Saba, directed by Mikhail Chiaureli, 1929

Mortvaya Petlya, directed by Aleksandr Pereguda, 1929

In Spring, directed by Mikhail Kaufman, 1929

Fragment of an Empire, directed by Fridrikh Ermler, 1929

Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1929

The Happy Canary, directed by Lev Kuleshov, 1929

SEP, directed by Mikhail Verner, 1929

The Annenkov Affair, directed by Nikolai Beresnev, 1933

Pyshka, directed by Mikhail Romm, 1934

(via Poster House)


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