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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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Credited cast:
Stanislav Szukalski ... Self (archive footage)
Glenn Bray Glenn Bray ... Self
Robert Williams Robert Williams ... Self
Suzanne Williams Suzanne Williams ... Self
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gabriel Bartalos Gabriel Bartalos ... Self (as Gabe Bartalos)
Sandy Decker Sandy Decker ... Self
George DiCaprio ... Self
Natalia Fabian Natalia Fabian ... Self
Jose Ismael Fernandez Jose Ismael Fernandez ... Self
Rebecca Forstadt ... Self
Marek Hapon Marek Hapon ... Self
Adam Jones ... Self
James Kagel James Kagel ... Self
Lechoslaw Lemanski Lechoslaw Lemanski ... Self
Maciej Miezian Maciej Miezian ... Self
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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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23 December 2018 | by twright-51402See all my reviews

A very thorough documentary about a man who lived a remarkable life. I did not know that Leonardo DiCaprio and his father were producers until the credits rolled. Szukalski was an artistic genius who was eccentric from a very young age. He was also controversial. A must watch.


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Борьба: Жизнь и утраченное искусство Шукальского See more »

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Burbank, California, USA

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