This is a vintage Soviet movie poster for "The Elusive Avengers" (Неуловимые мстители) а Soviet film originally released in 1967 which was so popular that it led to two sequels. Virtually everyone growing up in the Soviet Union has heard of and seen the movie, which focused on the Russian Civil War and for youngsters who fight along side Reds.
Poster & Artist:
This poster was printed in Moscow by Reklamfilm (Рекламфильм) on February 22nd, 1982. It was designed by Alexander Lemshenko (Александр Лемещенко) a prolific film and propaganda poster artist who was active from 1951 until his death in 1984. This poster was printed for a re-release of the original Elusive Avengers movie in 1982 of which 59,000 copies were printed.
Size & Condition:
The poster measures 86cmx55cm or 33.8x21.6 inches. It is in very good condition with light creasing, some discoloration along the folds and bottom of the poster. Displays very well as-is. The photos attached are of the poster itself, we only have one.
The film is a version of a story about four youngsters who become heroes in the Russian Civil War. Danka, orphaned son of a Red agent, whose father was tortured and executed by the warlord Lyuty before his eyes, and his sister Ksanka join Valerka, a former schoolboy, and Yashka, a devil-may-care gypsy. They make a pledge of mutual assistance, determined to exact revenge on the bandits who are bringing so much suffering to peaceful villagers. The friends then embark on a series of daring adventures. You can watch the film here or on YouTube:
- Artist: Leonid Tutrumov (Леонид Тютрюмов)
- Print Date: February 22, 1982
- Print Run: 59,000
- Measures: 86cmx55cm (33.8x21.6 inches)
- Issued By: Reklamfilm (Moscow)