Krzysztof Kieslowski follows the bureaucratic and troubled daily routine of a Polish factory under the reigning Communism regime of the period. The documentary follows procedures, meetings ... See full summary »
Visual structure composed of variations on the arabesque: arcs of light, water spouts, spider webs, burgeoning trees, flowers and foliage, a woman's smile, arms stretching, an arm giving rhythm to a rocking chair.
A young, idealistic poet turns his back on civilization and goes to a small, backwoods village, rents a bed in the house of an old woman, and decides to make his living as a lumberjack. He ... See full summary »
Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son, trying to preserve his skin, ultimately becomes a hero and finds a reason for... See full summary »
Following his manifesto for a new Swedish cinema, director Widerberg started his career with this realist tale of young woman, Britt, who has two flings, but finds herself with difficult decisions when she finds herself pregnant.
This pointless if fairly amusing 10-minute short (which was honored at the 1960 Venice Film Festival) was reportedly among director Krzysztof Kieslowski’s favorites; incidentally, its maker – who was previously unknown to me – had been a mentor to the future Polish auteur (and, in fact, THE MUSICIANS is included on various DVD editions of Kieslowski’s THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE )! The title is self-explanatory, centering as it does on a rehearsal for an upcoming concert by a small-town orchestra; we’re told that their number has been steadily decreasing over the years – which, however, comes as no surprise at all considering that the musicians have to put up with a cantankerous elderly conductor! The latter’s antics render the whole passable enough – but, at the end of the day, it’s a film unlikely to receive multiple spins from casual viewers…
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