Aleksander Ford

Aleksander Ford – Mlodosc Chopina AKA Chopin’s Youth (1952)

A story of the formative years in Chopin’s life between 1825 and 1831, a time of social unrest throughout Europe, of rising nationalism, and of cries for reform. Chopin, an outstanding student in music, and inflamed with the revolutionary spirit in his native Poland, gives a number of concerts which are praised by the aristocracy. His fame growing, he sets out on tour and, while in Vienna, hears of the November uprising in Warsaw. He makes an attempt to return and join the fight but his carriage breaks down, and his is brought back ill. Warned by his doctor, he settles down to a quieter life in Paris, and continues his work. Read More »

    Aleksander Ford & Jerzy Zarzycki – Ludzie Wisly AKA The People of the Vistula (1938)

    The history of watermen living on barges and floating on the Vistula. Anna has a deep affection petty thief who steals from her father in order to buy her Berlinka. Matyjaska a poor woman who has a damaged boat – it must get money from her former husband, and therefore resorts to blackmail. Soon fate will combine these two women. Read More »

      Aleksander Ford – Majdanek – cmentarzysko Europy aka Majdanek – Europe’s Cemetary (1945)

      A documentary record shot on the 24th and 25th July 1944 of the concentration camp in Majdanek. Comparable to Resnais’ Nuit et bruillard, it’s filled with images of such staggering awfulness that they take on an almost abstract quality – one might regard the images of mountains of shoes, spectacles and hairbrushes as beautiful if one was unaware of the horrifying reality behind them. Read More »