Roman Polanski: Short Films w/ Live Music by Sza/Za
Sun, November 7, 2010 • 7:00 PM • Alamo Drafthouse Ritz at 320 E 6th Street Austin, TX 78701
A night of Roman Polanski’s short films! Rarely screened 35mm prints!
Between 1958 and 1962, the acclaimed Polish-French director and Academy Award winner, Roman Polanski made a series of short films, most at the renowned Lodz Film School. From playful film making exercises: “Murder” and “Teeth Smile” (1957), through the metaphorical “Break Up the Dance” (1957) and “Mammals” (1962) to his award winning graduation film, “Two Men and the Wardrobe” (San Francisco International Film Festival, Brussels EXPO 1958) -- the films reveal Polanski’s surreal and dark style, his masterful storytelling ability, and the restless search for the truth about the human nature, however crooked and evil it would turn out to be. The grotesque and often disturbing world of his short films, and the meticulous, clean direction are traits that would be later developed in such cinematic masterpieces as ROSEMARY’S BABY, CHINATOWN, and THE PIANIST.
In the late 50’s and early 60’s jazz had become a fascination of many Polish filmmakers and it remained an essential element of Polanski’s cinema for a long time. We are pleased to present the short films with the live accompaniment by SzaZa, paying tribute to the Polish jazz master Krzysztof Komeda, Polanski’s long time collaborator both in Europe and Hollywood.
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