San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
How To Be Loved is part of the Polish Filmmakers NYC's NEW VOICES, ANCIENT ECHOES: POLISH WOMEN IN FILM series.
Barbara Krafftówna’s performance as Felicja, an acclaimed actress reminiscing about the troubled love she experienced amidst the German occupation of Poland, is thought by many to be the single best role by a Polish actress ever. Scripted by acclaimed novelist Kazmierz Brandys, the film is a supreme melodrama of lost illusions, in which Felicja saves the life of a man she hopelessly loves (played by Ashes and Diamonds’ Zbigniew Cybulski), only to gradually realize he is not worthy of her affection. The film’s style, both gentle and fearless, marks one of the finest directorial achievements by Wojciech Jerzy Has, who went on to make such classics of baroque imagination as The Saragossa Manuscript (1965) and Hourglass Sanatorium (1973). Although much more subdued than those films, How To Be Loved remains a stunning example of subtle psychological yearning, shot in beautiful black-and-white by Polish veteran cinematographer, Stanisław Matyjszakiewicz. The film won awards for Best Picture, Best Screenplay and Best Actress at the San Francisco Film Festival, and was nominated to Palme d’Or at 1963 Cannes Film Festival.
The screening will be followed with a Q&A with Andrzej Krakowski, professor of film at CUNY and a collaborator of Wojciech Jerzy Has.
HOW TO BE LOVED (JAK BYĆ KOCHANĄ), DIRECTED BY WOJCIECH JERZY HAS; WRITTEN BY KAZMIERZ BRANDYS; CINEMATOGHRAPHY BY STANISŁAW MATYJASZKIEWICZ; MUSIC BY LUCJAN KASZYCKI; CAST: BARBARA KRAFFTÓWNA (FELICJA), ZBIGNIEW CYBULSKI (WIKTOR), ARTUR MŁODNICKI (TOMASZ), WIESŁAW GOŁAS (GERMAN SOLDIER). POLAND 1962, 97 MINUTES.
IN POLISH WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
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Polish Filmmakers NYC
Polish Filmmakers NYC is devoted to bringing the best in Polish cinema past and present to New York City audiences. Since 2012, the organization has hosted regular and special screenings, including the New York premiere of Andrej Wadja's Walesa: Man of Hope and our annual Polish Women in Film series.
The 2014 Polish Women in Film Series: New Voices, Ancient Echoes will be held from November 7th to 9th at the Tribeca Film Center. It will kick off with an invitation-only opening night at the Museum of Modern Art on November 6th.