The Polish Matisse

Ever hear the one about the Polish actress who wanted to be a movie star? Yeah, she slept with the screenwriter!

Okay, so maybe that kind of old school Hollywood humor isn’t for everybody — but yesterday I mentioned the Polish poster artist, Jan Mlodozeniec (1929-2000), and he is definitely no joke. From the early 1950’s through the 80’s, Mr. Mlodozeniec designed a good majority of the movie posters for the most popular Polish and American films that played in his homeland. From Barbarella to Gremlins, Mlodozeniec’s vivid understanding of color once even compared him to Matisse. So even if you don’t like off-color jokes, at least we all can enjoy the bright, beautiful world of Jan Mlodozeniec…

The King and Eye

Yul Brynner made his name in front of the camera, most notably starring in The King and I — but 1stDibs has a nice spread featuring Brynner’s work behind the camera as a budding photographer in a photo exhibit that was lovingly put together by his daughter, Victoria Brynner.