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Stunning Avant-Garde Movie Posters from the Soviet Union era

The Bolsheviks recognized the importance of the new art of cinema, and even Vladimir Lenin believed it to be “the most significant of all arts.”

In the aftermath of the Bolshevik Revolution and subsequent civil war, the government began to embrace cinema as the most effective propaganda tool. A group of talented young artists emerged and helped create a new Soviet culture. They made dynamic, experimental, explosive posters to draw attention to the movies by papering the streets with vivid colors and arresting imagery.

#1 High Society Wager or The Weather Station, directed by Carl Froelich, 1923

High Society Wager or The Weather Station, directed by Carl Froelich, 1923

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#2 Kino-Eye, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1924

Kino-Eye, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1924

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#3 John’s Skirts, directed by Clifford S. Smith, 1924

John's Skirts, directed by Clifford S. Smith, 1924

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#4 Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, 1925

Battleship Potemkin, directed by Sergei Eisenstein, 1925

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#5 A Sixth Part of the World, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1926

A Sixth Part of the World, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1926

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#6 The Punishment of Shirvanskaya, directed by Ivane Perestiani, 1926

The Punishment of Shirvanskaya, directed by Ivane Perestiani, 1926

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#7 Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, directed by Walter Ruttmann, 1927

Berlin: Symphony of a Great City, directed by Walter Ruttmann, 1927

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#8 The Eleven Devils, directed by Zoltan Korda and Carl Boese, 1927

The Eleven Devils, directed by Zoltan Korda and Carl Boese, 1927

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#9 Six Girls Seeking Shelter, directed by Hans Behrendt, 1927

Six Girls Seeking Shelter, directed by Hans Behrendt, 1927

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#10 Spartakiad, directed by Joseph Poselsky, 1927

Spartakiad, directed by Joseph Poselsky, 1927

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#11 The Love Triangle, directed by Abram Room, 1927

The Love Triangle, directed by Abram Room, 1927

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#12 Khuti Tsuti, directed by Alexander Balagin and Georgy Zelondzev-Shipov, 1928

Khuti Tsuti, directed by Alexander Balagin and Georgy Zelondzev-Shipov, 1928

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#13 The Doll with Millions, directed by Sergei Komarov, 1928

The Doll with Millions, directed by Sergei Komarov, 1928

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#14 A Real Gentleman, directed by Clyde Bruckman, 1928

A Real Gentleman, directed by Clyde Bruckman, 1928

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#15 Moulin Rouge, directed by D.A. Dupont, 1928

Moulin Rouge, directed by D.A. Dupont, 1928

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#16 Sporting Fever, directed by Alfred Dobbelt and Boris Nikoforov, 1928

Sporting Fever, directed by Alfred Dobbelt and Boris Nikoforov, 1928

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#17 Turksib, directed by Viktor Turin, 1929

Turksib, directed by Viktor Turin, 1929

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#18 The Communard’s Pipe, directed by Kote Marjanishvili, 1929

The Communard's Pipe, directed by Kote Marjanishvili, 1929

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#19 Saba, directed by Mikhail Chiaureli, 1929

Saba, directed by Mikhail Chiaureli, 1929

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#20 Mortvaya Petlya, directed by Aleksandr Pereguda, 1929

Mortvaya Petlya, directed by Aleksandr Pereguda, 1929

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#21 In Spring, directed by Mikhail Kaufman, 1929

In Spring, directed by Mikhail Kaufman, 1929

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#22 Fragment of an Empire, directed by Fridrikh Ermler, 1929

Fragment of an Empire, directed by Fridrikh Ermler, 1929

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#23 Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1929

Man with a Movie Camera, directed by Dziga Vertov, 1929

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#24 The Happy Canary, directed by Lev Kuleshov, 1929

The Happy Canary, directed by Lev Kuleshov, 1929

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#25 SEP, directed by Mikhail Verner, 1929

SEP, directed by Mikhail Verner, 1929

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#26 The Annenkov Affair, directed by Nikolai Beresnev, 1933

The Annenkov Affair, directed by Nikolai Beresnev, 1933

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#27 Pyshka, directed by Mikhail Romm, 1934

Pyshka, directed by Mikhail Romm, 1934

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Written by Jacob Aberto

Sincere, friendly, curious, ambitious, enthusiast. I'm a content crafter and social media expert. I love Classic Movies because their dialogue, scenery and stories are awesome.

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