75 Hungarian Movie Posters That Reframe Film Classics

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75 Hungarian Movie Posters That Reframe Film Classics

On January 31, Budapest Poster Gallery hosts its sixth online auction, a chance for cinephiles and art collectors alike to own a unique piece of movie history. The menagerie of rare movie posters—including first releases and original one-sheets—features more than 130 posters designed for a variety of classic titles, such as Some Like It Hot, Cool Hand Luke and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Viewed individually and collectively, the posters also represent a curious cultural time capsule, given that many originate in the late 1970s-early ’80s, when a slew of older films that had been banned or censored in Hungary first became available.

The history of the country’s poster art is a rich one, dating back to the 1880s, the Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century and the propaganda of the Hungarian Soviet Republic. The art form hit its golden age by the 1950s, and with it any number of styles, from Psychedelic to Pop Art to Minimalism. You’ll see the breadth of approach and subject matter here in images for titles like 12 Angry Men, created by Vilmos Kovacs, whose other work includes posters for Herbie Rides Again and Roman Holiday. Among other standouts, the vintage one-sheet for The Empire Strikes Back, by noted artist Tibor Helényi.

Click through our favorite posters of the lot, and check out the complete gallery here. For those with a mind to bid, the auction begins at 11 a.m. PT January 31 online.