After being ravaged during World War II, Poland was under Communist control for roughly forty years. Naturally, that presented a struggle for entertainment. Movie distributors could barely get access to Hollywood films to screen, let alone work the marketing materials to promote the feature.

So when a movie did make its way to Poland, it was up to Polish artists and designers to create posters for it -- artistic eyes trained in a society where propaganda relied on posters to disseminate messages. The movie poster was the artists' bit of (relative) creative freedom, and now they've left behind a collection of truly stunning movie posters, not to mention a tradition of recreating marketing for modern films.

Check them out after the jump.