Foyer of Světozor Cinema, Prague (24. 5. 2021 - 30. 8. 2021) —
The exhibition presents sixty posters of the most successful and the most sought-after films in the world cinema during the 1960s and 1970s.
Even though many of the most famous films did not appear in Czech cinemas for various, mainly ideological reasons, they are still a representative selection of films by the world‘s cinema legends such as: Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Stanley Kubrick, Luchino Visconti, Billy Wilder, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Jean-Luc Godard, Alfred Hitchcock, Sergio Leone, Francois Truffaut, Steven Spielberg, Akira Kurosawa and others.
For example, the exhibition contains even five posters of Ingmar Bergman’s films. Wild Strawberries (Smultronstället), which were released in Czech cinemas in 1962, were masterfully accompanied by Milan Grygar‘s conceptual art style; the poster for the film Shame (Skammen) from 1968 was designed by Jiří Šalamoun. The last three posters are for The Seventh Seal (Det sjunde inseglet) (designed by Karel Vodák), Summerplay (Sommerlak) (by Mirko Hanák) and Scenes from a Marriage (by Libor Fára).
The Alain Resnais‘ picture Hiroshima, My Love was highlighted in 1963 by the unmistakeable style of the painter Bedřich Dlouhý. Another of the most important Czech artists of the 20th century, Stanislav Kolíbal, who designed only a few posters, masterfully captured the crazy French comedy The Return of the Tall Blond Man in his poster. The brilliant draughtsman and cartoonist Stanislav Duda was selected by the ÚPF for making the posters for grotesques and comedies. Precisely, in this exhibition he is represented by the posters for the grotesques of Harold Lloyd. The typographic mastership in posters by Zdeněk Ziegler has been appreciated already more than once. For this cause, nevertheless, we chose (among others) his posters for dance hits: Saturday Night Fever, Grease and Flashdance.
Jean-Paul Belmondo is the protagonist of four films having their posters displayed: The Man from Hong Kong, The Man from Acapulco from the more lighthearted part of his acting career. These are accompanied by posters for the groundbreaking films of Jean-Luc Godard, where J.P. Belmondo excelled – such as Breathless and Pierrot le Fou, both designed by Jiří Hilmar.
Westerns are represented by four iconic films: Once Upon a Time in the West (Stanislav Vajce); The Magnificient Seven (Jaroslav Fišer); The Big Country (Jiří Balcar) and High Noon (Břetislav Šebek). Japanese cinematography is introduced by Jan Kubíček’s poster for Kurosawa’s opus Throne of Blood, which the author designed already in 1959, and distinctive painting of Hermína Melicharová for Kanet Shindó’s gloomy film Onibaba.
At last, the selection is encompassed by grotesque posters for movie hits such as Ghostbusters and The Planet of the Apes by Petr Poš and Vratislav Hlavatý.
The exhibitions being held in Aero, Oko and Světozor cinemas in 2020 are supported by the Prague’s City Hall.