"An Unknown Soldier’s Grave" (1927)
Ryszard Ordyński (born Dawid Blumenfeld) began his career as a theater and opera director. He was chief director at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York from 1917 to 1920. In 1928, he made the first film version of Pan Tadeusz – a work acclaimed by critics and audiences (thought to be lost after the war, recently found and reconstructed). A year earlier, he had translated Andrzej Strug’s An Unknown Soldier’s Grave into the language of images.
The Grave is a classical patriotic melodrama of the interwar period. On the First World War front captain Łaznowski is captured by the Russians, and escapes thanks to the aid of a peasant woman who is in love with him. He returns to Poland by way of Crimea, only to find that his wife has married another, while his desperate daughter has thrown herself under the wheels of a car.
Music: Michał Grott, Michał Szlempo
Michał Grott – bassist, composer, session musician. He has worked with several stars of the Polish music scene, including Edyta Bartosiewicz, Kasia Kowalska, Natalia Kukulska, Pinnawela, Borysewicz&Kukiz and the Adam Sztaba, Jacek Piskorz and Tomasz Szymuś orchestra. A graduate of the Faculty of Jazz, Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied with Prof. Jacek Niedziela. In 2009, Subito Records released his debut album Grottmusic, nominated for the Fryderyk award in the New Act of the Year category. Michał Grott has performed on over a dozen albums, ranging from hip-hop to film music. His compositions have been featured on recordings by EMI Music Poland and Universal Music Poland.
Michał Szlempo – pianist, arranger, composer. Graduate of the Academy of Music in Katowice, where he studied jazz piano with Prof. Wojciech Niedziela. He has also completed a specialist course in “leading jazz ensembles and popular music” at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz, where he studied piano with Bogdan Hołownia and Adam Żółkoś, and composition with Prof. Andrzej Zubka.
As a pianist and arranger, he has performed during many concerts in Poland and abroad. He has received a number prizes for his ensemble performances at jazz festivals and music competitions. He currently teaches jazz at the Academy of Music in Bydgoszcz.
Tickets – 10 PLN. Joint ticket for all films – 30 PLN.
Summer_Cinema_Music Film Cycle - Silent Cinema with Live Music
Summer entertainment with a grain of nostalgia for a vanished world: the theatrical gestures of Pola Negri in Bestia, the surprising plot of An Unknown Soldier’s Grave, sudden love, which needs to overcome an array of obstacles in The Cult of the Body, and the moral dilemmas of the Strong Man, capable of committing a crime in order to obtain fame.
The pre-war Polish film industry would not exist without artists of Jewish origin. Unfortunately most of their films have been lost. Today, we can only see a handful of the silent masterpieces of Aleksander Hertz, Ryszard Ordyński, Michał Waszyński and Henryk Szaro. In July, we will bring these films back to life, accompanied by great live music.
Featuring musicians: Marcin Masecki, Michał Grott, Michał Szlempo, Marcin & Bartłomiej Brat Oleś DUO, Infant Joy