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An Archive of Czech Film Posters


Since 2005, in Prague, there has existed a storefront poster shop by the name of Terry Posters. The shop specializes in rare film and cinema posters from the vibrant period of 1950s and 60s Czech cinema, as well as important international posters from all periods of cinema history. Many are for sale, but the rarest and most historical are for viewing only.

Fortunately, the posters in this shop are also available online. In the last two years alone, Terry Posters has created a publicly accessible database with over 6,000 original, vintage posters from all periods of cinema. This is one of the best collections of international film posters I have ever seen.

The owners of Terry Posters also happen to manage the two biggest art cinemas in Prague, Aero and Světozor, and have frequent film festivals and vintage poster exhibitions. All of this is under the patronage of Union Film Company.

The name of the shop “Terry Posters” is connected with repeated visits of the famous director Terry Gilliam, a member of the legendary group Monty Python, in Aero cinema.


Czech Film Posters
Designer: Fremund, Richard
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1966
Director: Pavel Kohout

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Flejšar, Josef
Origin of film: USA
Year of poster origin: 1962
Director: Billy Wilder
Actors: Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Flejšar, Josef
Year of poster origin: 1978

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Flejšar, Josef
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1980

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Flejšar, Josef

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Flejšar, Josef

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Flejšar, Josef
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1955

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Fišer, Jaroslav
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1963
Director: Vojtěch Jasný

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Anonym
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1968
Director: Josef Pinkava

Czech Film Posters
Authors: Ihnatowicz, Maria
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1969
Director: František Filip

Czech Film Posters
Authors: Palcr, Zdeněk
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1963
Director: Miloš Forman

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Walkuski, Wieslaw
Origin of film: Italy
Year of poster origin: 1986
Director: Federico Fellini

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Pagowski, Andrzej
Origin of film: Italy
Year of poster origin: 1988
Director: Federico Fellini
Actors: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Erol, Jakub
Origin of film: Poland
Year of poster origin: 1988
Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Bidlo, Vladimír
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1972
Director: Jaromil Jireš
Movie genre: War films

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Fuka, Vladimír
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1965
Director: Jiří Sequens
Movie genre: War films

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Grygar, Milan
Origin of film: Soviet Union
Year of poster origin: 1975
Director: Sergej Bondarčuk
Movie genre: War films

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Schlosser, W.A.
Origin of film: Soviet Union
Year of poster origin: 1964
Director: Georgi Vasiljev
Movie genre: War films

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Anonym
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1968
Director: Hynek Bočan
Movie genre: War films

Czech Film Posters
Designer: Fišer, Jaroslav
Origin of film: Czechoslovakia
Year of poster origin: 1965
Director: Jiří Sequens
Movie genre: War films


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Admirers of Czech film posters and Pavel Rajcan's indispensable Terry Posters website may be interested in two previous Design Observer posts on this subject:

In Praise of the East European Film Poster
observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=24218

An Unknown Master of Poster Design
observatory.designobserver.com/entry.html?entry=25898

(It's a shame that the Terry Posters website name is stamped on every poster, though.)
Rick Poynor
06.30.13
03:55


The following are Polish, not Czech:

'Cierpienia mlodego Bohaczka'
'A statek plynie'
'8 1/2'
'A short film about killing'
aga
07.02.13
08:18

It was a really nice surprise to discover this article (and also the other two links which came from mr. Ponyor) - A small part of the Rajcan's TerryPosters Archive was presented at the opening of the TypopassageTM not 3 months ago.

Here you have 4 minutes video of the whole event which took place at the TypopassageTM Micromuseum for Typography in Timisoara.

http://vimeo.com/69241404

All the best from Paltinishire,
Hrin
07.03.13
12:43

---- mr.Poynor (not Ponyor)- please excuse my mistype, it wasn't intentional - I would have corrected it if I could have had the chance to re-edit... Mea Culpa.
Hrin
07.03.13
12:45



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