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Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski (2018)

TV-MA | | Documentary | 21 December 2018 (USA)
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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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Irek Dobrowolski
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Glenn Bray Glenn Bray ... Himself
George DiCaprio ... Himself
Charles Schneider ... Himself
Stanislav Szukalski ... Himself
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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 Film Street Poland

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6 January 2019 | by stacey-39820See all my reviews

Inspiring documentary! I'm usually not drawn to art or history docs but this was so well done that I'm now looking for other information on Szukalski. Beautiful & tragic. Thank you for documenting his story and sharing it.


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