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Constantine, Mildred & Alan Fern, Revolutionary Soviet Film Posters, Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1974, first edition, folio (12.25" x 9.25"), HB in dj, blue paper bds w/ red & blue illus titles in color illus dj, VG / VG-. DJ rubbed, slight edgewear.

98 pp, 56 b/w, 16 color, 17 film stills & other illustrations. Bibliography & index.

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"Russian artists after the Revolution were as active, creative, and radical as were Soviet political and social reformers. Talented film and postermakers were immediately enlisted in the task of conveying the educational, political, and cultural messages of the Revolution to the semiliterate masses. Of all the posters produced in this rush of activity, the film posters were artistically the most exciting, advanced, and original. They represent some of the most exceptional work done by Russian Constructivist artists in the twenties.

"In the following decade, however, these graphic innovations lost their official sanction. Socialist Realism was designated the new vehicle for revolutionary artistic expression. The soviet film posters, therefore, have been lost to three generations of scholars and designers....

"Incredible artistic creations, these posters capture on the printed page the new film technique being developed at the time—montage, daring viewing angles and dramatic perspective—combining these with innovative typography and Futurist and Rayonnist themes. Thought the films they illustrate are in b lack and white, the ‘unposter-like’ colors we see reflect the ideas of Kandinsky, Eisenstein, and others about the relation of color and sound, color and motion."
    [Book ID # 1767]


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