Janusz Korczak in film. Cover Image
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Filmowy wizerunek Janusza Korczaka.
Janusz Korczak in film.

Author(s): Tadeusz Lubelski
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Korczak Janusz; Holocaust; Warsaw Ghetto

Summary/Abstract: The author discusses the title theme in all aspects. In the first section, "Biopics that could have been", the author presents films that were being prepared, but never finally made, including Ludwik Starski’s legendary script, on which he worked from 1945. In the second section, "Two biopics that were made, and two other stories with the Old Doctor in the background", the author discusses two feature films that were made, in which Janusz Korczak was the main protagonist: Aleksander Ford’s "Sie sind frei, Doktor Korczak" (AKA "The Martyr", 1974), and Andrzej Wajda’s "Korczak" (1990), and two American films, in which he was a supporting character: Jon Avnet’s "Uprising" (2001) and John Kent Harrison’s "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" (2009). In the third section Lubelski reviews documentaries on Korczak, and in the fourth film adaptations of his novels, starting with Wanda Jakubowska’s "King Matt the First" (1958).

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 81
  • Page Range: 117-132
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish