Calling Mr. Smith (Themerson)

Polish Avant Garde Shorts

Thursday, November 20, 2003 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm
This rare program focuses on Polish films made between 1930 and 1945, which embody a uniquely Central European avant-garde aesthetic. Artists and filmmakers in Warsaw and Cracow negotiated the influences of the Soviet and the Western (primarily French and German) avant-gardes in innovative ways; the films to be screened include the inventive abstract film experiments of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, a husband-and-wife team who used photograms, animation, and live-action sequences. Also included are films by Jalu Kurek, Jerzy Gabryelski, and Jerzy Zarzycki. Video. 70 minutes. Program: Pharmacy (Bruce Checefsky, USA, 2001) Europa 2 (Piotr Zarebski, Poland, 1988) OR. (Rhythmical Calculation) / OR. (Obliczenia Rytmiczne) (Ignacy Szczepanski and Marcin Gizycki, Poland, 1985) There Is a Ball Today / Dzis mamy bal (Jerzy Zarzycki and Tadeusz Kowalski, Poland, 1934) Boots / Buty (Jerzy Gabryelski, Poland, 1934) The Adventure of a Good Citizen / Przygoda czlowieka poczciwego (Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, Poland, 1937) Calling Mr. Smith (Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, UK, 1943) The Eye and the Ear (Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, UK, 1945)