Friday, October 19, 2007


Starting on November 9, the SIFF cinema is going to show seven films over seven days by the extraordinary Polish painter, poet, and filmmaker, Lech Majewski. Majewski is not very well known here, and in fact, I have never seen his films screened outside of a film festival. However the films I have seen are all astonishing. The stories are subtle and poetic, and the images, one after another, are glorious. If there is any filmmaker that one can compare to Majewski it's probably Peter Greenaway, in that they both construct elaborate painterly scenes which support their baroque narratives. But really, Majewski inhabits a world very much his own.

I am going to see as many of these films as I can. I only wish I had the time to see them all.

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