Independent filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has been writing, directing and producing movies since the early 1980s. Released in 1989, Mystery Trainwas Jarmusch’s first color film. The loosely-woven plot revolves around the occupants of a small hotel in Memphis, Tennessee with three separate stories: two young Japanese tourists visiting Elvis Presley’s hometown; a stranded Italian widow escorting her husband’s coffin back home, and three bar buddies on the run from the law.
The Polish poster for the film was illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski, the London-born son of Polish immigrants. As a young man, Klimowski made his way to Poland in the 1970s where he became a leading name in the world of poster design. His work on Mystery Train makes use of his signature elements: photo collage and hand-drawn typography. In this case, he uses the Sun Records label to hint at the movie’s location as well as the story of the Japanese tourists. It is interesting to note that in many of his movie posters, the eyes of his central subjects are not visible, which makes his work on Mystery Train even more recognizable.