A Short History of Polish Avant-Garde and Experimental Film

Oct 25–Nov 2, 2003

MoMA

This two-part program, which accompanies A Short History of Polish Animation, focuses on the career of Stefan and Franciszka Themerson, the husband-and-wife team who created innovative abstract and structuralist film experiments, first in Poland in the 1930s and then in England during and after World War II. The Themersons’ influential body of work inspired Roman Polanski’s 1958 short Two Men and a Wardrobe; the Łódź-based Film Form Workshop of the 1970s; and Zbigniew Rybczyński, who on October 25 will present his Oscar-winning film Tango (1980), his pioneering music videos, and other radical experiments in animation and optical printing.

Organized by Joshua Siegel and Marcin Gizycki.

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