Thursday, February 28, 2008

Who the Poles think is the best Polish directors?

Wajda’s Katyn best Polish film ever poll says (, 25/2/08):

Despite the fact that the American Film Academy didn’t award Katyn with an Oscar, Poles still think that it’s the best Polish film of all time.

The majority (55.5 percent) of Poles believe that Katyn is the best Polish film in history, a poll published in Polska daily reveals.

Wajda’s film is followed by an epic masterpiece The Teutonic Knights (20.9 percent) and The Deluge (20.4), both based on H. Sienkiewicz’s novels.

Andrzej Wajda himself was chosen by the poll participants the best Polish director (67.5 percent), followed by Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Kieslowski.


  1. Good to see you back, Joe. Fancy adding your vote on my blog for the best films of Kieslowski? I hope to publish the results on the 12th anniversary of Kieslowski's death - 13 March 2008.

    Regarding Kieslowski, it's really strange, the Polish opinion of him. I wonder if it's anything to do with Decalogue?

    Lenka in Kyiv is busy as usual on her sites and I'm in the process of transcribing the script for The Double Life Of Veronique as well as an interview with Slawomir Idziak which I hope to post up soon.

    See you around,

    Alexandre FABBRI

  2. Strange, isn't it?

    I was also shocked that, whose mission is to promote Polish culture throughout the world, would end a profile on him with this:

    [quote] Kieslowski was a controversial director. This is something that even such a great enthusiast of Krzysztof Kieslowski's cinema as Stanislaw Zawislinski readily admits, writing in the previously cited book:

    "What delights some about Kieslowski's current cinema annoys and repulses others. What appears to some to be fresh, innovative, wise, moving, penetrating, to others seems 'counterfeit,' 'metaphysical gibberish,' 'professional mystification.'" [unquote]

    The same article also explains why Kieslowski is much less loved by Polish than "Western" audience:

    [quote] Beginning with DECALOGUE, he began to strip his films of the trappings of reality, simplifying them to the bare minimum and simultaneously increasing the density of his images. He resorted to means of expression differing from any he had used before and thus developed the film language that allowed him to conquer Europe. At the same time, however, he lost part of the Polish audience that had been faithful to him until then, an audience that was surely not persuaded by what he wrote in his autobiography:

    "I betrayed nothing of myself in 'Veronica,' 'Three Colors,' 'Decalogue' or 'No End.' I think instead that I enriched my portrayals of people with that entire sphere of feelings, intuitions, dreams and superstitions that constitute the inner life of every human being."

    This disparity in the reception of his films, deriving from the different viewpoints of Polish and Western viewers, seems more significant in Kieslowski's case than in that of any other filmmaker. [unquote]

  3. Polish culture: Krzysztof Kieslowski

  4. Thanks Joe for that. Very interesting, isn't it? By the way Joe, if you interested in joining in this Thursday:


    To commemorate the loss of a great cinematographer who died twelve years ago, I will be launching on Thursday 13 March 2008, ALEXANDRE FABBRI'S ROOM, where movie-goers and enthusiasts can publicly (or privately) chat about the films of ALEXANDRE FABBRI'S ROOMKrzysztof Kieslowski.

    To join in (or just read the messages) please go to ALEXANDRE FABBRI'S ROOM and follow the instructions there in your own language.

    For the benefit of other guests, please begin your chat with a brief introduction about who you are OR how you first became interested in Krzysztof Kieslowski's films.

    Please vote too, for your favourite film of Krzysztof Kieslowski - go to WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FILMS OF KIESLOWSKI? on the side-bar of the website. The results will be published this Thursday, 13 March 2008.

    I truly welcome any comments, suggestions, etc., on the new site layout and content. Please send them to my usual email address that can be found on my “About Me” profile.

    Many thanks and the very best to you for 2008.

    Alexandre FABBRI

    I will email Alain in Paris that if Irene wishes to join in the discussion and is not otherwise engaged, she would be very welcome to join in (or just read the messages). Also Zbigniew Preisner!

    All Kieslowski Friends: Please note that Irene Jacob does not reply to emails but welcomes your non-personal letters sent via her agent to:

    Irene Jacob
    c/o ZELIG
    57, rue Reaumur
    75002 Paris