Trend Setting Movie Posters of 1920’s Russia

The innovative and revolutionary duo, brothers Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg, left an undeniable mark on design history. Growing up in Moscow during a time of huge upheaval, their talented hands kept busy working in graphic design, sculpture and theater… quickly establishing them as members of the avant-garde during the 1920s and early 1930s.

The movie posters featured here, are incredible in their innovative visual aspects, using elements of Dada photomontage, implied motion, an exaggerated scale, distorted perspectives and a dynamic use of color and typography. Unlike most posters of the era, the brothers often used stills from the featured film collaged into the works. It was a style that would be quickly imitated by others.

The brothers worked together for a nine-year period (1924 – 1933), creating a huge catalogue of work, before Georgii was killed riding his motorcycle. Vladimir continued work on film posters, ultimately organizing the decorations for the 1947 May Day celebration in Moscow’s Red Square. You can find a superb collection of their movie posters at

Above: Hans Behrendt’s Six Girls Seeking Shelter – 1927
Below: Vladimir Vilner’s Cement – 1929

Georgi Stabovoi’s The Man from the Forest – 1928

E.A. Dupont’s Moulin Rouge – 1929

Cecil B. De Mille’s Chicago – 1929

Ivan Perestiani’s Countess Shirvanskaya’s Crime – 1926

Friedrich Emler’s Fragment of an Empire – 1929

Carl Froelich’s High Society Wager – 1927

Dziga Vertov’s The Eleventh – 1928

Mikhail Kaufman’s In the Spring – 1929

Mikhail Verner and Pavel Armand’s SEP – 1929

Dziga Vertov’s The Eleventh – 1928

Buster Keaton’s The General – 1927

Buster Keaton’s The General Version 2 – 1927

Richard Oswal’s The Green Alley – 1929

Ivan Pravov’s The Last Flight – 1929

Dziga Vertov’s The Man with the Movie Camera – 1929

Lau Lauritzen’s The Mystery of the Windmill – 1928

Nikholai Okhlopkov’s The Sold Appetite – 1928

Nunzio Malasomma’s Which of the Two – 1927


Benjamin Starr

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