skolimowski directs

Now that’s more like it! These images come from inside the magazine featured in yesterday’s post and show that Jerzy Skolimowski is a completely outrageous and flamboyant Pole! I’m not at all familiar with any of Skolimowski directorial work and until reading this 40 year-old article on him, I was only vaguely aware of his existence from the Roman Polanski story. His behavior in the top photo reminds me of Jason Schwartzman’s performance in CQ, which I always assumed—I’m sure correctly—was based on Polanski. Maybe there was a little of this guy in it too.

This isn’t the first time Skolimowski’s name has appeared on this site though. I included the poster for his Deep End in a post on Peter Strausfeld prints, but that was on the strength of Jane Asher’s presence in it. The wikipedia article on that film mentions that it was “long thought lost” though that doesn’t seem quite true. Either way, there seems to be some renewed interest in this guy’s sixties work in recent years.

With that pointless preamble out of the way, I’ll let Films and Filming’s original photo captions from the article “Adventures of Yurek” (for some reason F&F refer to him by his middle name) do the rest of the talking. Above and below: “Yurek Skolimowski demonstrates to Claudia Cardinale how she should react to a new danger in ‘Adventures of Gerard’. In the previous shot she had been threatening to shave off Gerard’s (Peter McEnery) moustache after he has been bound to a tree in an uncomfortable fashion.”

“Skolimowski rehearses a scene with Jack Hawkins, who plays Millefleurs, an Englishman turned Spanish bandit chieftain. He prepares a dire fate for Gerard.”

“Skolimowski with producer Gene Gutowski, who previously had invited Roman Polanski to England with whom he made ‘Repulsion’, ‘Cul-de-Sac’ and ‘The Vampire Killers’. Skolimowski had also worked with Polanski writing the script for ‘Knife in the Water’.”

“Skolimowski lines up extras for a scene in which Gerard is taken prisoner. Says Skolimowski ‘Full concentration is only on the set, never before, and, of course, never after’.”

One response to “skolimowski directs

  1. Great photos!
    Someone commenting on a page you’ve linked to here gets it about right when they say “But the real genius of Skolimowski’s work is found in his first four all-Polish features, which established him as a one-man New Wave over there and which more than deserve comparison with their better known French, British and Czech counterparts”

    He’s *probably* referencing
    Barrier (1966)
    Identification Marks: None (1964)
    Walkover (1965)
    Hands Up! (1967) [additional version 1981]

    – all well worth seeking out and seeing – for my money – *before* bothering with the English language Deep End.

    These films are great (in different ways) and all have some 1960’s Polish grit that somehow you lose when you cast Diana Dors in your next picture…

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