This documentary chronicles the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) from his early years in Chicago, to his time in Poland and Los Angeles, and his artistic and political contributions to the world.
In old Betamax footage, the Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) speaks animatedly about his life and work. Art aficionado Glenn Bray filmed his elderly friend in the last years of his life to document his remarkable career and personality before it was too late. In this wide-ranging portrait, Bray explains how he met Szukalski by chance in 1971 when he came across one of his expressionist drawings and discovered that its maker lived only a few miles away from him. The man leading a modest, anonymous life in Burbank, California turned out to have been a well-known avant-garde artist in Chicago and pre-war Poland. Szukalski created a mythology entirely of his own in his drawings and paintings, as well as an extensive manuscript. After his return to the United States, a group of artists and art lovers gathered around Szukalski, among them George DiCaprio and his son Leonardo, who jointly produced this documentary. The interviews and archive footage tell the ...Written by
Film Street Poland
This is a multilayered documentary; it's a story of a brilliant artist but also of complexity of human nature and how it transforms if exposed to different events. Szukalski is no doubt a great artist but he is a human foremost with all the vices and virtues, a very interesting human with amazing imagination and very unusual outlook on life and all its aspects.
I like the way the focus shifted from lighthearted narrating in the beginning to more serious aspects of life and its meanders in later stages of the movie followed by a very moving end. It is definitely worth watching.
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