Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals.
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Subsequent characters appear in a poorly-decorated room, intertwining but never colliding, all possessed by never-ending rituals.

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At The 55th Annual Academy Awards (1983) ceremony, Polish director Zbigniew Rybczynski had possibly the worst night that any Oscar winner has ever had at the Academy Awards. When his short film, Tango (1981), was announced as the winner of the Best Animated Short category, presenter Kristy McNichol mispronounced Rybczynski's name as "Zbigniewski Sky." When Rybczynski accepted the award, his speech was cut off by the orchestra. After talking to reporters in the press room, Rybczynski stepped outside the auditorium to have a cigarette. When he tried to return, an overzealous security guard refused to let him in. Rybczynski was holding his Oscar, but was dressed in a cheap suit and sneakers because he had been unable to afford better clothes. He tried to explain to the guard that he was an Oscar winner, but his English was limited. Hearing Rybczynski's Polish speech, the security guard assumed the director was drunk and shoved him up against a wall. During the altercation, Rybczynski reportedly yelled, "American Pig! I have Oscar!" and tried to kick the guard in the groin. Rybczynski spent the night in jail before the mess was sorted out. See more »

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Fascinating

This short takes your breath away, as you wonder how on earth he could have produced it, and all the while trying to keep up with the action on screen.

Technically brilliant, but also offers an insight into Polish culture (and communism as a whole) and bears repeated viewing, in fact demands it


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