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On the Silver Globe

Saturday, Mar 14, 2020 at 12:00 pm

Location: Redstone Theater

Please note: This event has been canceled.

With Andrzej Jaroszewicz in person

Dir. Andrzej Żuławski. 1988, 157 mins. Restored DCP. This beleaguered masterpiece was the largest Polish production of its time with shooting locations in the Tatra and Caucasus mountains, the Crimea, the Baltic coast, and the Gobi Desert, but within a year and a half, by order of the Ministry of Culture, filming had ceased and a heartbroken Andrzej Żuławski had returned to self-imposed exile in France. A decade later, the collapse of the Soviet Union would afford Żuławski the chance to complete his work with the extant material. For him, it remained “a shred of a film,” but this story of a band of cosmonauts who seek to create a new society on the moon only to repeat the follies of humankind in the form of a perverse passion play, remains perhaps the farthest out experience in the great filmmaker’s far out oeuvre. “Space travel and pagan rituals converge with the ruins of modern warfare and the dawn of civilization in Andrzej Żuławski’s ecstatic, image-drunk science-fiction fantasy… It’s among the most visually extravagant films ever made.”—Richard Brody, The New Yorker

Followed by:

A Masterclass with Cinematographer Andrzej Jaroszewicz

Long-time collaborator of Andrzej Żuławski and master cinematographer Andrzej Jaroszewicz will present an illuminating multimedia lecture on the making of On the Silver Globe.