Monday, June 24, 2013
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Among the films available on Youtube in the first wave are Andrzej Wajda's celebrated WWII movie Ashes and Diamonds (1958), Juliusz Machulski's Sex Mission (1983), and Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colours Trilogy.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
At the Movies，澳洲權威影評電視節目，由Margaret Pomeranz和David Stratton聯合主持。最近一集，在The Classic環節，回顧了Krzysztof Kieslowski的Camera Buff。
I first encountered Kieslowski's films in the early 1990s when living in Australia. SBS, a publicly funded broadcaster originally envisaged to provide news and entertainment to those whose mother language is not English, offers lots of non-English art films. I remembered on every Thursday, it would show a "Movie of the Week". An old gentleman, David Stratton, would spend a few minutes introducing the film to the viewers. David's opinions are always objective, concise and unpretentious. I learnt a lot from him. He also co-hosts a programme called The Movie Show.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Krzysztof Kieslowski ... had the rare luxury of having US studio sponsorship, no doubt partly because of his savvy use of narrative skills, photogenic stars, and evident polish. But Kieslowski spent roughly half his career making documentaries that have been rarely seen outside Poland; fortunately, a recent traveling retrospective and a newly released 2-disc Polish DVD offer opportunities to catch up.
The region-2 DVD from Polish Audiovisual Publishers is subtitled in English and French, and comes with an 18-page booklet in Polish and English. Browsing the North American Kieslowski DVDs, it appears that the only documentary unique to them is The Office (1966), a short film Kieslowski made in school; the Polish DVD repeats From a Night Porter’s Point of View (1978) and Talking Heads (1980), but offers 10 more films.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski - Polish School of Documentary (1969-1980)
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Sunday, October 28, 2012
I am a big fan of the composer Zbigniew Preisner, but have never heard/watched him sing before.
the 40th anniversary of Piwnicy pod Baranami
The song Piotr, a Preisner composition, is a tribute to Piotr Skrzynecki, founder of the legendary cabaret Piwnica pod Baranami (Cellar under the Rams) in Krakow, Poland. (Piotr Skrzynecki is the guy in black hat and black coat in the video. The concert was held in 1996; Piotr died in the following year)
- Wikipedia: Piotr Skrzynecki | Piwnicy pod Baranami
[Piwnicy pod Baranami] became the most popular intellectual cabaret in postwar Poland, and one of the symbols of Kraków. Although it was not primarily a political humor group, coming in the wake of the liberalization of Polish October, the Piwnica cabaret became famous for its satirical criticism of the People's Republic of Poland communist regime. Polish magazine Przekrój wrote that "For 41 years [Skrzynecki] and his cabaret persuaded us that, despite the system, we had come into this world for happiness and joy.".
- Facets: The Music of Zbigniew Preisner
Considering his world-wide reputation, it comes as a surprise that Preisner never formally studied music. ... He taught himself music by buying records and then deconstructing the compositions, rewriting bits and pieces to compliment or enhance the original. ... Around 1977-78, he discovered the cabaret scene in Krakow and began composing music for the famous Piwnica pod Baranami (Cellar Under the Ram).
- Official site of Piwnicy pod Baranami | Official site of Zbigniew Preisner
Another version of Piotr, from Preisner's 2001 album Glosy:
Funny that the only information in English I can find
about this album is from a Chinese website Douban/豆瓣： Głosy
(Głosy is a not-for-sale album. Piotr is also included in his 3-CD album Voices)
You want more?! Preisner the elephant sings:
Listen to one of my recent favourites - Konwalie, bzy albo pet - by a group of artists in Piwnicy pod Baranami (song #20 in the album Piwnica Pod Baranami Złota Kolekcja)
The voice of soprano Elzbieta Towarnicka, featured in many
Kieslowski-Preisner works, is easily recognisable
LOL! In response to this article, film buff and fellow Kieslowski fan Yoco said this was not the first time she watched/heard Preisner sing. Here's the proof.