Poland Digs Blaxploitation!
American films have always been watched by the Poles, not only because of their quality but also due to the role that the U.S. played in the consciousness of Polish citizens. Many went to see American movies to become acquainted with the country.
There were times when few people were allowed to travel, so western films, American in particular, influenced fashion, music and provided an instant trip to a different world. The attitudes shown in American concerned the communist establishment, to such an extent, that for almost ten years from 1949-1957 American movies disappeared from Polish screens.
In the late fifties, the era of political metamorphosis set off by Stalin’s death, American films were back for good. The Polish Blaxploitation Movie Posters displayed below are from films that ran in the U.S. during the 1970’s and were released in some cases 20 years later in Poland.
A number of these posters are a part of The Museum of UnCut Funk Collection.