- Stenberg Brothers movie posters. 1920s
The 20’s were a time of revolutionary change and world cinema, and no small role in this was played by younger talented directors of Soviet Russia – Sergei Eisenstein, L.Kuleshov, D.Vertov, V.Pudovkin and others. For the short term (1925 – 1930 gg.) They created masterpieces included in the “golden fund” of not only domestic but also international movies, including “the best film of all time” – “Battleship Potemkin”. Require innovative and pioneering cinema advertising, it is the most direct effect on the movie posters, forcing him to seek new moves, new language. In movie posters worked many talented artists A.Lavinsky, A. Rodchenko, A.Belsky, Ya.Ruklevsky and others. And among them – Vladimir and Georgii Stenberg.
Their father, a Swedish painter Johann Karl August Stenberg was invited to Russia for processing of Nizhny Novgorod Fair in 1898 and stayed there forever. His sons, inheriting the tradition, also became artists. They worked with the decorations in the atelier A.Hanzhonkova, graduated from the Stroganov School, designed productions tairovskogo Chamber Theatre, were the main artists Dnieper, Gorky Park Gorky Moscow Planetarium etc. But the star of the first magnitude, they were in the movie posters.
Power Stenberg was that they were talking to him about the movie adequate language, combining the ideas of constructivism and a tradition of political poster of the means of expression, open by the filmmakers, such as the installation of the frame, the camera angles, the direct and inverse perspective, close-allocation of the human figure or face , docked items of different sizes and shapes, etc. “We work primarily installation – they said, explaining his creative method. – We make catchy poster, which could, they say, stun the viewer would have stopped his attention, as required above all on the poster. For this purpose, we are quite liberties with the material … ” So to create a unique style stenbergovsky makes each of their new job instead banal advertising original graphic work, becoming an integral part of the urban environment. Total fellow innovators created about 400 film posters, including such landmark films as “Battleship Potemkin,” Eisenstein, “Sixth of the World” D.Vertova, “Intolerance” D.Griffitta, “General” B.Kittona, ‘”Night Express” U.Langa … And to a large number of domestic and foreign films, colorless and the poor, of which we know only because the posters made them Stenberg brothers …
Oleg Torchinsky, “Moskovskaya Pravda”, August 4, 2000