ROMANCE IN LIGHT Fryderyk Chopin And The Cinema
Thu Mar 4 / Sat Apr 10 / Sat May 8
In celebration of Chopinís bicentenary, we offer a brief selection of works inspired by the life and work of one of the essential figures of western music. In addition to fiction films, we will be offering documentaries of fabled performances of Chopinís music as well as experimental films that offer their own responses to the masterís music.
In this original take on Chopinís last days by Polish-French auteur Andrzej Zulawski, the story revolves around the composerís twilight summer days in Nohant, in France. The once-passionate love between Chopin (played by pianist Janusz Olejniczak) and George Sand (Marie-France Pisier) gradually deteriorates, and along with it, the great composerís creative powers fade. Ultimately, he puts to paper his very last noteówhich George Sand poetically calls la note bleue.
Blue Note/ La Note bleue / Blekitna nuta
Andrzej Zulawski, 1991, France/Germany; 135m
The Strange Case of Delphina Potocka (The Mystery of Chopin)
Tony Palmer, 1999, UK; 109m
Thursday, March 4 at 3:3:30pm
After World War II, Paulina Czernicka informed the Polish government of the existence of love letters between Chopin and (the married) Countess Delphina Potockaóinformation that, while never proven, was suppressed for fear of tarnishing Chopinís name. This revealing and rarely screened drama explores the story in a series of parallel scenes from 1945 and 1845. The composerís music is brought to life by the gifted Russian pianist Valentina Igoshina. British music-film veteran Tony Palmer directed the film, shooting on location in Scotland, Spain, France and the Ukraine.
SATURDAY, APRIL 10 AT 2PM Experimental Film Program
A selection of Chopin-inspired works to dazzle the eye and ear, including ďthe jewel of Polish experimental cinemaĒ Color Studies of Chopin, a phantasmagoric music video by Oscar-winner Zbigniew Rybczyński, interpretations by Polish jazz masters, animation, and more.
Color Studies of Chopin Eugeniusz Cękalski, 1937, Poland; 11m
The Orchestra Zbigniew Rybczyński, 1990, USA/France/Japan; 57m