Komeda – A Soundtrack for a Life
|Date:||26 April 2012, Thursday 18:00|
As a part of series of documentaries in the Polish Institute – “Poland – shortly”.
Krzysztof Komeda – a Polish medic, Jazz pianist and film composer. His music gained cult-status in Poland. Everywhere else in the world especially his soundtracks stay in mind forever. With compositions like the lullaby for Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby Komeda succeeded in writing his own chapter in the history of film music.
The melodious, often melancholic sounds of his music seem to be like the soundtrack for his own dramatic life story: Komeda was an icon of artistic opposition to the communist Poland of the 50s and 60s. He left for America and discovered a completely different way of life. But in 1969 he has a tragic accident and dies at the height of his career only 37 years of age.
The film essay Komeda – A Soundtrack for a life (Komeda – Muzyczne ścieżki życia) is mainly a reflection on Komeda’s soundtracks and their connection to his life. But it is also a contemporary document about the attitude to life in a time of social, political and cultural change after war, about work and exodus of Polish artist in the 50s and 60s.
Screenings will be in Polish with English subtitles.