Marian Marzynski - the autobiography of a documentary filmmaker  
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Marian Marzyński. Autobiografia dokumentalisty
Marian Marzynski - the autobiography of a documentary filmmaker

Author(s): Mikołaj Jazdon
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Marzynski Marian; documentary; autobiographism; Holocaust

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to present the method and style of Marian Marzyński’s documentary films. Marzyński is Polish-American filmmaker who explores his own biography in different ways in the documentaries that he makes. Jazdon presents the development of Marzyński’s film career from cinema vérité docs made in Poland in the 1960s up, films that he made in Denmark – where he emigrated in the beginning of the 1970s (after the anti-Semitic actions undertaken by the communist government in Poland) and his American works – beginning with "Return to Poland" (1981) up to the latest works like "Settlement" (2008) and "Skibet" (2010). Marzyński almost always appears in front of the camera in his films relating the theme from the film with his own biography of a Holocaust survival, immigrant, journalist or American citizen. He comments on the events presented in the film from off-screen and often initiates them. From film to film his works become more and more auto-documentaries up the docs rom recent years, such as "Anya in and Out of Focus" (2004) or "Life on Marz" (2007), with autobiography dominating in them.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 73
  • Page Range: 42-52
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Polish