Movie Poster of the Week: Billy Wilder’s “Love in the Afternoon” and the Posters of Wojciech Fangor

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Above: 1959 poster for Love in the Afternoon (Billy Wilder, USA, 1957).

I’ve always loved this Polish poster for Billy Wilder’s Love in the Afternoon, with its ethereal collage of photography and daubs of paint (not to mention perfectly tasteful type), and I knew that its designer, Wojciech Fangor, had designed a number of other posters in a similar style. But until I started looking into him for Movie Poster of the Week, I had no idea that he is one of Poland’s pre-eminent artists and is still alive and well at the age of 90. Not only that, but he is currently being fêted with a major exhibition, titled Space as a Game, at the National Museum in Krakow (it closes tomorrow if you’re lucky enough to be in the vicinity).

Born in 1922, Fangor was reared on the paintings of Picasso, Matisse and Léger that he would see
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