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.
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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
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This doco left me in a unusual mood after viewing. Not quite sure what the mood is. I only just finished it.
Rarely do i just watch something these days without looking up abit about it before jumping in. But the short netflix preview piqued my interested enough that i just started it right then and there.
Im really glad i did. As someone who gave up art around 10 years ago and is trying to find a rhythm to get back into it again, i found this quite inspiring.
That masters like this live among us, unnoticed by the masses. Is humbling and fascinating.
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