Polish Animation: Masters of Animation
Russell Merritt is an adjunct professor in film studies at UC Berkeley; an animation expert, he is author, with J. B. Kaufman, of Walt Disney’s Silly Symphonies.
The first program in our survey features masters of Polish animation and festival prizewinners from 1957 through 1984. Beginning with Walerian Borowczyk and Jan Lenica’s extravagantly imaginative Once upon a Time . . ., combining cartoon lines with live action and photographs; Witold Giersz’s Red & Black, with the two colors pitted against each other; and Kazimierz Urbanski’s Sweet Rhythms, about bees and those who care for them, the stage is set for experimentation for decades to come.
Films in this Screening
Once upon a Time...
(Byl sobie raz...)
Walerian Borowczyk, Jan Lenica, Poland, 1957
Red & Black
(Czerwone i czarne)
Witold Giersz, Poland, 1963
Miroslaw Kijowicz, Poland, 1965
Kazimierz Urbanski, Poland, 1965
Daniel Szczechura, Poland, 1970
Ryszard Czekata, Poland, 1970
Solo in a Fallow Field
(Solo na ugorze)
Jerzy Kalina, Poland, 1981
A Hard-Core Engaged Film. Non-camera
(Ostry film zaangazowany. Non-camera)
Julian Jozef Antonisz, Poland, 1979
Zbigniew Rybczynski, Poland, 1980
Jerzy Kucia, Poland, 1984