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A film by BRUCE CHECEFSKY

 

premiering at the

28th Cleveland International Film Festival

March 18 - 28, 2004

http://www.clevelandfilm.org/

 

Overview

 

The poet Jan Brzekowski (1903-1983) was active in the a.r. group (Real Avant Garde), which flourished between 1929 and 1936 in Lodz, Poland (although Brzekowski lived in Paris much of this time).  The a.r. group organized the first Polish International Collection of Modern Art In 1930.  

 

The group espoused a version of Constructivism that influenced public life strongly, but indirectly.  They felt that when art was overtly politicized and popularized, artistic expression was debased.  They also believed that rigorous, formal discipline made art contrived.

Brzekowski often used dreams as a subject, a source of metaphor, and an organizing principle.  His poems were saturated with eroticism and Freudian symbolism, like surrealist poetry.  He sometimes parodied conventional poetry; for example, his use of traditional verse forms conflicts with his untraditional content, ambiguous associations, and elliptical style.  In his fondness for dreams and for the exotic, the sensational, and the sensual, his work approached French surrealism.

 

"The fundamental element of poetry is not form, not beautiful metaphors or sentences, but images in statu nascendi, the forge of images or metaphors itself--the imagination.  The poet is he who poses poetic fantasy, who knows how to transpose it later into words.  Without poetic imagination there can be no question of true poetry..."  --Jan Brzekowski

Film attracted Brzekowski because it could simultaneously present facts, impressions, experiences, and emotions.  Critic Janusz Slawinski describes the kinship among film, poetry, and dreams in Brzekowski's work as "the simultaneity of many realities…Multiplication of meanings, and with it, multiplication of images." 

 

Brzekowski wrote that his poetry was both integral and metareal. While the first identified him with the Cracow Avantgarde, the second indicated surrealism.

 

In 1930, Brzekowski published a short film script entitled "A Woman and Circles" in the French magazine Cercle et Carree. The script was later translated and published in the Polish magazine Linia.  Illustrating his film theories, the script evokes surrealistic imagery.

 

"A Woman and Circles" was never produced… until now.  

 

A WOMAN AND CIRCLES

 

Directed by BRUCE CHECEFSKY

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Introducing MICHELLE BARTEL

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Assistant Director                   TINA CASSARA

Director of Photography           ROBERT BANKS

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Producers

Joyce Fyfe

Bruce Checefsky

Mark Smith

Robert Banks

The Polish Cultural Institute, NYC

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Heads on Pedestal

Tom Balbo

Robert Banks

Michelle Bartel

Tina Cassara

Bruce Checefsky

John Hovekamp

Brett Shaheen

Mark Smith

Jerry Szoka

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Dancers

Michelle Bartel

Mark Smith

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Hand carved chess set           Frank Cassara

Animation                                Phil Bradford

Typography Design                 Gene Pawlowski

Script Consultant                    Marcin Gizycki

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Speical thanks to

 John Ewing

Anne Brooks Ranallo

Monika Fabijanska

Harvey Hix

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MUSIC

Witold Lutoslawski  (1913 - 1994)

 

Piano Concerto

Ewa Poblocka - piano

Polish National Symphony Orchestra

Witold Lutoslawski - conductor

Lutoslawski's last studio recording in Poland.

 

1992 Polskie Radio S.A.

1995 CD Accord

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Filmed at SeeSaw Studio, Cleveland, Ohio. 2003

Copyright SeeSaw LLC  2003

 

In association with

MARBEC PRODUCTIONS

 

 

TOTAL RUNNING TIME 11:29'

 































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