Size: 16.5 x 24.5 inches
Artist: István Bányai
This vintage Hungarian poster was created for a 1976 West German drama titled "Everyone Dies Alone" (original title: Jeder stirbt für sich allein) directed by Alfred Vohrer. It is the story of an elderly couple (played by Hildegaard Knef and Carl Raddatz) during the time of the Nazi domination of Germany. When their son is killed while fighting to occupy France, they are shocked out of their complacency and begin sending postcards all over Berlin with the inscription "The Fuhrer has murdered my son." This earns them the ire of the Gestapo -- and a death sentence. With the help of friends, this brave couple manages to meet their deaths with a rare dignity.
On its initial release in Germany, this movie was met with open weeping and cheers for the performance of the seldom-seen but highly regarded actress Hildegaard Knef.
The artist Istvan Banyai, other than producing his own children's book called Zoom, has produced commercial illustrations for publications such as The New Yorker, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Time; and animated short films for Nickelodeon and MTV Europe. He is internationally respected for his unique philosophical and iconoclastic vision, thus transcending the status of commercial illustrator to gifted artist. Banyai describes his art as "an organic combination of turn-of-the-century Viennese retro, interjected with American pop, some European absurdity added for flavor, served on a cartoon-style color palette... no social realism added."
Poster has been recently linen-backed and is in excellent condition.