Friday, January 14, 2011
Lech Majewski - Rycerz AKA The Knight (1980)
THE KNIGHT (RYCERZ), 1980. Poland.
With Piotr Skarga, Daniel Olbrychski. A haunting, austere ballad about a knight’s quest for a gold-stringed harp whose sound is said to bring peace and harmony. The film’s imagery is inspired by medieval icons. 81 min.
New York Film Festival
London Film Festival
Los Angeles Film Festival
"A haunting, austere parable that has been directed with assurance by Lech Majewski who has a flair for starkly poetic compositions. His film retains its spare, arresting visual style throughout.” -- Janet Maslin, The New York Times
"Lech Majewski’s beautiful, mystical film, The Knight, has rich nightmarish images inspired by 13th century icons.”
-- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
Lech Majewski, a Polish artist who works internationally, is known for the films and videos he writes, directs, and shoots, and for his original scores. A graduate of the Lodz Film School, Majewski is also a poet, painter, and stage director celebrated for opera and theatrical events. His stylized moving-image works eschew language in favor of music and fantastically expressive landscapes, both domestic and topographical. His imaginative features are distinguished by a unique sensibility hovering not only between the absurd and the metaphysical, but also the beautiful and the profane. All films are written and directed by Majewski. In Polish with English subtitles unless otherwise noted.
(Text is from the MOMA catalog. The MOMA program was organized by Laurence Kardish, Senior Curator, Department of Film and Media, Museum of Modern Art, NYC)