Western Amerykanski: Polish Poster Art and the Western

By: Mulroy, Kevin, (ed.) Edward Buscombe, Frank Fox, Mariusz Knorowski,

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Book Condition: Near Fine


Book is in excellent condition with a few very minor indications of shelf wear only. Creaseless covers and spine. Binding is solid and square, covers have sharp corners, exterior shows no other blemishes, text/interior is clean and free of marking of any kind. 229 pages with a great many large format full color prints of movie posters, ads, a Japanese poster with Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood in Spanish, Polish, French, etc. Text is in English.


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The figure of Gary Cooper as the proud frontier sheriff striding down the street in the 1952 American Western High Noon is as much a symbol of dignity and courage in contemporary Poland as it is in the United States. In 1989, for Poland's first free election since the Communist takeover, the political party Solidarity dramatically and successfully used that image of Cooper on a campaign poster urging voters to respond to their country's own "high noon"--their critical moment of decision.

The Western motion picture, from its silent days on, exported an epic vision of America. William S. Hart, John Wayne, James Stewart, Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Clint Eastwood, and Kirk Douglas became legendary heroes throughout the world, and especially in Poland.

In postwar Poland, film poster artists employed the universally recognized symbols of the Western--horse, six-shooter, boots, tin-star badge, Stetson, saddle--to convey violence as a negative force. Unlike many other art forms, the film poster did not fall within the censor's domain because it was not expected to pose a threat to the social order. But messages were conveyed through subtle means of symbol and color. The Polish poster has been likened to the Trojan horse, with the artist smuggling messages onto the streets in the guise of ephemera.

The posters displayed so strikingly in this book, and discussed in three essays, are from the golden age of Polish poster-making, the mid-1940s to the 1970s. They are part of the collection assembled by the Autry Museum of Western Heritage, the Western poster holdings of which include more than a hundred created in Poland--the largest such collection outside of Poland itself.

Title: Western Amerykanski: Polish Poster Art and the Western

Author: Mulroy, Kevin, (ed.) Edward Buscombe, Frank Fox, Mariusz Knorowski,

Categories: Art, Film, Polish,

Publisher: University of Washington Press: 1999

ISBN Number: 0295978139

ISBN Number 13: 9780295978130

Binding: Oversize Paperback

Book Condition: Near Fine

Type: Art

Size: XL

Seller ID: 148209

Keywords: large Format, full Color, prints of movie posters, ads, a Japanese poster with Marilyn Monroe, John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood , in, Spanish, Polish, French, Art, Motion Picture, Henry Fonda, Boots, ,