When Soviet cinema exploded onto screens in the 1920s (in part to disseminate propaganda for the new regime following the Russian Revolution in 1917), the impact was extraordinary. Poets, painters, even Hollywood producers, all reacted to its extraordinary new imagery. But when the Talkies took over, that impact faded, and only a handful of Soviet classics continue to be well known today. What has remained, however, are the advertising posters that were made for these vintage films.
Russian Film Posters (1900-1930) by Maria-Christina Boerner is a carefully researched tome tracing the history of the silent film poster in Russia. Truly evocative of the era, the 161 posters presented here feature the work of some of the most famous artists and illustrators of the day, including the pivotal constructivist artist Alexander Rodchenko, who was the subject of a Tate Modern retrospective last year.
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