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Shown in Mariusz Wilczyński - A Lesson of Cinema with:
Baby Snakes (episode), Coffee and Cigarettes III (episode Somewhere in California), Howlin’ Wolf – I’ll Be Back Someday & Love Me Darlin’, La Dolce Vita (episode), Miles Davis – Time After Time, Night on Earth (episode), Sonny Boy Williamson II – Nine Below Zero, Tadeusz Nalepa – Prayer, Tango, Wild Strawberries (episode)
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Prawdziwa pasja,szczerość,poczucie humoru,duch wolności,ciepło-,to Mariusz Wilczyński
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Mariusz Wilczyński - A Lesson of Cinema
subtitles: Polish and English

When I was asked to select ten favourite animations – I was speechless. Where will I find ten of them when, from those which I have seen, four, maybe five moved me? I began frantically searching… And suddenly I thought that it was pointless, that I should show what really interests me and what inspires me.
Indicating my favourite feature film was similar. I hesitated for a long time… I have several favourites, but each day another was the most favourite. However, I had no doubts what causes shivers down my spine: when I watch and listen to Frank Zappa and Miles Davis. I threw a dice. It fell on Miles. 1983. A genius in uncouth Poland in the times of martial law. One of a few concerts mentioned by Miles in his autobiography. The most important musical event in Polish history.

Mariusz Wilczyński

Baby Snakes (episode)
USA 1979 / 30’
director: Frank Zappa
screenplay: Frank Zappa
cinematography: Richard Pearce, Robert Leacock, Phil Parmet
editing: Klaus Hundsbichler, Frank Zappa
music: Frank Zappa
animation: Bruce Bickford
cast: Frank Zappa, Diva Zappa, Donna U. Wanna, Johnny Psychotic, Bruce Bickford, Ron Delsener
producer: Frank Zappa
language: English
colouration: color

This film is a recording of a famous Frank Zappa concert at NY’s Palladium Theatre on Halloween in 1977. Musicians playing include Adrian Belew (guitar), Roy Estrada (vocals, bass guitar), Patrick O’Hearn (bass guitar), Tommy Mars (keyboard), Peter Wolf (keyboard), Ed Mann (drums), Terry Bozzio (percussion) and, of course, as master of ceremonies, Frank Zappa (vocals, guitar). The documentary parts interweave with animated sequences (Bruce Bickford’s masterpiece) thus creating a mesmerising collage of art and music.

Coffee and Cigarettes III (episode Somewhere in California)
USA 1993 / 12’
director: Jim Jarmusch
screenplay: Jim Jarmusch
cinematography: Frederick Elmes
editing: Jim Jarmusch
cast: Iggy Pop, Tom Waits
producer: Demetra J. MacBride, Brigit Staudt
production: Cinesthesia Productions
awards: Cannes IFF 1993 – Golden Palm for Best Short Film; Warsaw IFF 1993 – Audience Award
language: English
colouration: b&w

While sitting at a café, you can talk about the dentist, Presley, and about the advantages of (non)smoking. This was the case in three short films about coffee and cigarettes by Jim Jarmusch. To the shorts made in 1986, 1989 and 1993, the American director added eight new episodes giving rise to the feature film, Coffee and Cigarettes. The characters smoke cigarettes, drink coffee and talk, talk, talk. All the stories are intriguing, though the dialogue between Iggy Pop and Tom Waits is pure delight.

Howlin’ Wolf – I’ll Be Back Someday & Love Me Darlin’
USA 1964 / 9’
language: English
colouration: b&w

Chester Arthur Burnett (1910–1976), better known as Howlin’ Wolf, a legendary vocalist, gitar player, harmonica player, and composer, was one of the Chicago blues legends with a huge influence on rock music. His music inspired, among others, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Cream, and Jimi Hendrix. Here, Howlin’ Wolf plays two spectacular gigs I’ll Be Back Someday and Love Me Darlin’.

La Dolce Vita (episode)
La dolce vita
Italy, France 1960 / 5’
director: Federico Fellini
screenplay: Federico Fellini, Tullio Pinelli, Brunello Rondi, Ennio Flaiano, Pier Paolo Pasolini
cinematography: Otello Martelli
editing: Leo Cattozzo
music: Nino Rota, Jan Sebastian Bach
cast: Marcello Mastroianni, Anita Ekberg, Anouk Aimée, Yvonne Furneaux, Magali Noël, Alain Cuny
producer: Angelo Rizzoli, Giuseppe Amato, Franco Magli
production: Riama Film, Gray-Film, Pathé Consortium Cinéma
awards: Cannes IFF 1960 – Golden Palm; The Academy Awards, USA 1962 – Oscar for Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
language: Italian
colouration: b&w

The exploits of a young and talented journalist in the world of Roman high life serve as bitter commentary on the Italian upper class – their carefree lives filled with gossip, scandals, promiscuity, and hypocrisy. The title of Fellini's film, La dolce vita, has come to mean an empty, idle life, which may be finely packaged but wholly empty. It also the film that coined the expression paparazzi to describe photojournalists that ruthlessly feed on the privacy of celebrities.

Miles Davis – Time After Time
Germany 1988 / 9’
colouration: color

Summer 1988: Miles Davis is softly rounding the notes of Cyndi Lauper’s Time After Time on his horn at the Munich Philharmonic during the Münchner Klaviersommer festival, accompanied by Kenny Garret (saxophone and flute), Bobby Irving and Adam Holzman (keyboard), Joe ‘Foley’ McCreary (guitar), Benjamin Rietveld (bass guitar), Marylin Mazur (percussion instruments), and Ricky Wellman (drums). The recording with this memorable concert is available as part of a 3-CD album, Munich Concert, from IMC Music.

Night on Earth (episode)
USA, UK, France, Japan, Germany 1991 / 23’
director: Jim Jarmusch
screenplay: Jim Jarmusch
cinematography: Frederick Elmes
editing: Jay Rabinowitz
music: Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan
cast: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands
producer: Jim Jarmusch, Demetra J. MacBride
production: Victor Company of Japan, Victor Musical Industries, Pyramide Productions, Canal+, Pandora Cinema, Pandora Filmproduktion, Channel Four Films, JVC Entertainment Networks, Locus Solus Entertainment
awards: Independent Spirit Awards 1993 – Best Cinematography
language: English
colouration: color

This fragment is one of five episodes that take place simultaneously in different time zones during a night taxi ride. It begins in Los Angeles, as day gives way to night, and an influential agent, Victoria (Gena Rowlands) offers to make her cab driver Corky (Winona Ryder) a superstar.

The other episodes take place in New York, Paris, Rome and Helsinki. Jarmusch propagates tolerance and respect for fellow human beings in this ‘simultaneous’ film.

Sonny Boy Williamson II – Nine Below Zero
UK 1963 / 7’
language: English
colouration: b&w

The real name of Sonny Boy Williamson II (1899–1965) was Aleck ‘Rice’ Miller. His adopted name included II, because another harmonica virtuoso, John Lee ‘Sonny Boy’ Williamson already used the Sonny Boy stage name. Undoubtedly one of the most important figures in the history of blues, a musician with amazing technique and imagination, with a harmonica sound that is recognisable after just a few notes, he appears here in the blues classic Nine Below Zero.

Tadeusz Nalepa – Prayer
Tadeusz Nalepa – Modlitwa
Poland 1991 / 8’
language: Polish
colouration: color

One of the best songs created by the Tadeusz Nalepa–Bogdan Loebl duo shown here live in concert version from Sopot, 1991. The title of this song in English means The Prayer. Tadeusz Nalepa sings: Hear my song, o Lord, / I cry to you today, / You are everywhere, You are everything, / but do not be a stone to me. / I cry to you with my song, / since you can give anything, / so I plead to you, give me a chance one more time, / give me the chance for the last time. / It is enough if you raise your hand, / one thought of yours will suffice, / and I will start my life from start / so I beg for one divine gesture.

Poland 1980 / 9’
director: Zbigniew Rybczyński
screenplay: Zbigniew Rybczyński
editing: Barbara Sarnocińska
music: Janusz Hajdun
animation: Zbigniew Rybczyński
visual design: Zbigniew Rybczyński
production: Studio Małych Form Filmowych „Se-Ma-For” w Łodzi
awards: The Academy Awards, USA 1983 – Oscar for Best Short Film Animated; Annecy International Animated FF 1981 – Grand Prix; Ottawa IFF 1982 – Audience Award, Jury Recommendation; Krakow FF 1981 – Bronze Hobby-Horse, Best Score; Oberhausen International Short FF 1981 – FIPRESCI Award, Grand Prize; Huesca International Short FF 1981 – Special Jury Prize, Audience Award
language: no dialogues
colouration: color

A succinct story about the memory of some room, metaphor of the interrelation between human fate and the passage of time. Enclosed in the space demarcated by four walls there are various simultaneous events taking place; they entice the past involving different tenants or people who appeared there more or less by chance. First, there is just one person, then the other one, then the next and the next… Someone is putting on some clothes, someone else is having soup; there is a couple making love on the bed; a man is installing a light bulb and while suffering from electric shock, he falls onto the floor; there is also a thief tiptoeing quietly… The room becomes more and more crowded but the people gathered there manage not to bump into one another; time planes overlap, but this is not the case with the people – each of them has their own space. A formally sophisticated experiment and a philosophical metaphor at the same time. The first Oscar for the Polish cinematography.

Wild Strawberries (episode)
Sweden 1957 / 5’
director: Ingmar Bergman
screenplay: Ingmar Bergman
cinematography: Gunnar Fischer
editing: Oscar Rosander
music: Göte Lovén, Erik Nordgren
cast: Victor Sjöström, Bibi Andersson, Ingrid Thulin, Gunnar Björnstrand
producer: Allan Ekelund
production: Svensk Filmindustri
awards: Berlin IFF 1958 – Golden Berlin Bear, FIPRESCI Award; Venice IFF 1958 – Italian Film Critics Award; Golden Globes, USA 1960 – Best Foreign Film
language: Swedish
colouration: b&w

One of the greatest films of all time: Professor Borg’s physical journey becomes an emotional and spiritual voyage to the past reviving his lost purpose in life. Memories and dreams intermingle with the present; the past and the present coexist on screen. Bergman’s masterpiece opens with the professor’s strange dream, where he is walking through the streets of a desolate city. He passes a clock without hands, notices a man who proves to be a dead doll, and a hearse drives by. its casket falling out to reveal the professor’s corpse.

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