Although Western films were shown during the Soviet era in the Communist Bloc, American publicity materials were banned, allowing the state-commissioned artists to operate with total creative freedom from the demands of the big Hollywood studios, offering quirky interpretations which often had little reference to the film.

Prominent artist Eryk Lipi_ski, who founded the Warsaw Museum of Cartoon Art after the Second World War, during which he was imprisoned in Auschwitz for working with the Polish resistance, designed this wacky poster for the first Polish release of the 1965 Beatles romps Help!, with goofy mop-top caricatures of the Fab Four against a bright yellow background.

In their second feature directed by Richard Lester, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr go on the run from an evil cult, against a soundtrack of classic Beatles tunes.

Very good (B+)
Unfolded, backed on linen. A few small nicks and creases to the artwork which have been retouched and diminished during backing. Approx 3 ½ in. thin brown diagonal scuff to the right edge. Darkening to the yellow ground around edges. Image and colours otherwise excellent

Polish A1
32½ x 23¼ in. (82.5 x 59 cm.)

Country of Origin
Printed in Poland by Lodzkie Zaklady Graficzne, Zgierz