Jan Kreczmar

  • Andrzej Wajda – Pilat i inni AKA Pilate and Others (1972)

    Andrzej Wajda1971-1980DramaGermanyTV


    I wasn’t satisfied with the first two versions of the script which I had commissioned in Warsaw.

    Luckily for me, at that time Bulgakov’s novel The Master and Margarita was first published in Poland. I was thrilled by it. I realized that I would not find a better text for the film than the story of Pilate. Everything was there: Christ, Pilate’s dark intrigue, Judas’ betrayal and the desperate loneliness of the single disciple and Evangelist.Read More »

  • Andrzej Zakrzewski – Szach i mat! (1967)

    1961-1970Andrzej ZakrzewskiFantasyHorrorPoland

    Short polish TV film made in 1967 by Andrzej Zakrzewski upon the story of Ludwik Niemojski of the same title. It was a part of the “Opowiesci niezwykle” (Incredible Stories).
    It tells a story of Bartolomeo, brilliant chess player, who had ruined his private life because of his passion for chess.Read More »

  • Wojciech Has – Szyfry AKA The Codes (1966)

    1961-1970ArthouseDramaPolandWojciech Has

    Tadeusz (Jan Kreczmar) is a Polish veteran of World War II who fled to London at the end of the war, leaving behind his wife Zofia (Irena Eichlerówna) and son, Maciek (Zbigniew Cybulski), who disappeared when he was 12 years old. Tadeusz returns to Kraków to discover that Maciek is alive, his wife may have been a partisan and that his son may have turned in his own mother in to the authorities. During Maciek’s struggle to understand his parents’ history, questions of collaboration with the Gestapo and Home Army retribution arise. Has pictures the mystical lost boy in a dark fairy-tale forest, full of the ghosts of the war and wholesale executions. The hypnotic quality of these excursions foreshadows the mesmerizing passages of Has’s later film, The Hour-Glass Sanatorium.Read More »

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