Scorsese promotes Polish cinema
February 17, 2014
Martin Scorsese, famed American film director, loves Polish cinema so much he’s taking 21 Polish films on the road.
“Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema,” opened Feb. 5 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York City, and will visit 30 American cities.
The tour will last 18 months and includes films by the greatest Polish directors Krzysztof Kieslowski, Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Zanussi, and Andrzej Wajda, whose "Ashes and Diamonds" (Popiól i Diament) remains one of Scorsese’s favorite films.
Scorsese, who received an honorary degree from the Polish national film school in the central Polish city of Lodz in 2011, said “When I first saw "Ashes and Diamonds", arguably one of the greatest films ever made – Polish or otherwise, I was overwhelmed by the film: the masterful direction, the powerful story, the striking visual imagery, and the shocking performance by Zbigniew Cybulski, considered the “Polish James Dean” with his electrifying presence. I was so struck by the film, it affected me so deeply, that I paid small homage by giving Charlie a pair of similar sunglasses in (Scorsese’s film) Mean Streets.”
While in Lodz, Scorsese met Jędrzej Sabliński, a digital restoration expert, and the two men planned the tour of digitally re-mastered and brilliantly restored Polish cinematic masterpieces.
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