• February 16, Wednesday, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Zanussi's 'The Silent Touch' (1992)
• March 16, Wednesday, 2011 at 7:30 PM - Marcel Lozinski documentaries (2006 z Polskiej Szkoly Dokumentu).
February 16: 'Zanussi's The Silent Touch' (1992), trailer here:
From NYT review: Since his vintage years with Ingmar Bergman, Max Von Sydow has seemingly worked without stop around the world playing roles that don't come up to his instep, wrestling with Satan in "The Exorcist" and suffering serenely as God's son in "The Greatest Story Ever Told." With the exception of "Hannah and Her Sisters" and "Pelle the Conqueror," he hasn't had much to do recently except collect his paychecks. He's one of the cinema's great underused resources.
This is the principal reason to see "The Silent Touch," the new British-Polish-Danish co-production starring Mr. Von Sydow, who is Swedish; Sarah Miles, who is English, and Lothaire Bluteau, who is French Canadian. The film, which was directed by Krzysztof Zanussi, who is Polish, is set mostly in Denmark, though everyone speaks English, maybe because it's the lingua franca of the people who put the movie deal together. More here
Silent Touch is an English language film made by celebrated Polish director Krzystof Zanussi. It was co-written by Peter Morgan who over ten years later was to write such celebrated screenplays as The Deal, The Queen, Longford, The Other Boleyn Girl.
Zanussi was one of the strengths of the Polish film industry, despite his overt Catholicism. During the 1970s he won a number of awards all over the world. After the fall of communism, he became the head of the Polish studios in Warsaw, producing a number of films including those of Krzystof Kieslowski. Zanussi’s best-known film is Year of the Sun, 1984, which was a world prize-winner.
This film focuses on Max von Sydow as an ageing musical composer, in the classical vein. He is also a survivor of the Holocaust. When a young musicologist comes to visit him, he is inspired to do one more final work. However, there is an emotional cost, especially for the musicologist whose girlfriend becomes the composer’s mistress. This also has its repercussions for his wife.
Lothaire Bluteau (Jesus of Montreal, Black Robe) is the musicologist. Sarah Miles came out of semi-retirement to play the wife.
The film is highly melodramatic - but explores themes of art, genius, obnoxious personalities, fidelity and infidelity, creativity.
• March 16, Marcel Lozinski documentaries (2006 z Polskiej Szkoly Dokumentu).
Trailer of his other work here:
Marcel Łoziński o swojej pracy:
Dlaczego robię dokumenty?
Bo coś się wokół dzieje, we mnie też i próbuję to połączyć.
Bo lubię zadawać pytania o radość, strach, ból, nadzieję.
Bo chcę zrozumieć jak to jest..
Bo nie wierzę w obiektywny zapis.
Bo kaprys Pana Boga cenię ponad moją wyobraźnię.
Bo ciekaw jestem, czy inni czują podobnie do mnie.
Bo to mój wybrany zawód, nie chciałem pracować jako inżynier
. Bo lubię zagęszczać rzeczywistość, ale tak, żeby jej nie zniekształcić.
Bo musze zarabiać.*
I will develop this post into more informative piece very soon. So stay tuned:)
2/14 - Well, nothing happened of my good intentions of developing this post into something more informative - but check Ewa Bienczycka's contribution in the comments section below - it's pretty informative while also hilarious. If you don't speak Polish let google- translator be your friend - link to translator here; just copy the polish text into it, it's pretty good nowadays. There is also Iphone app for google-translation now, perhaps you have it.
I did order Lozinki's documentaries from Merlin (on-line bookshop) in Poland - hopefully when it gets here, I'll write separate post for him...
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