This film is based on the personal correspondance and notes between Paul Sharits and Józef Robakowski. In 1981 Paul Sharits visited Poland. Impressed by the spirit of Solidarity, he decided to create a film dedicated to the people of Poland. For his project he selected the Fryderyk Chopin's last composition, Mazurka in F Minor, Op.68, #4.
Even though he was not able to make the film, before his untimely death Paul Sharits mailed a detailed description to Robakowski. This film is a faithful reconstruction of his original project.
Co-directed by Wiesław Michalak.
Mazurka in F Minor, Op.68, #4
1939 | Poznan, Poland> website
A creator of films, photographic series, video tapes, installations, drawings, objects, conceptual projects and initiator of many events, exhibitions and artistic actions. He is also an editor and theoretical critic of present art.
He studied art history in the Department of Fine Arts of the Mikołaj Kopernik University in Toruń, and cinematography at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre (PWSFTviT) in Łódź. In Toruń, he was the founder of artistic collectives Oko (1960), Zero-61 (1961-1969), and Krąg (1965-1967), and member of the 'Pętla' Student Cine Club (1960-1966). In Łódź, he co-organised the Workshop of Film Form (from 1970), and the 'Stacja Ł' Television Creative Group (1991-1992). He teaches at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź.
An integral part of Robakowski's work are his statements and self-commentaries, as well as numerous programming texts and manifestoes, e.g. Calling Once Again for 'Pure Film' (1971), Video Art - a Chance to Approach Reality (1976), or Manipulating! (1988). Since the 1960s, Robakowski has remained an active animator of cultural life, as the author of a number of important initiatives (e.g. the Exchange Gallery), organiser and curator of exhibitions, and originator and editor of publications (Nieme Kino, Pst!).
Lives in Poland. +info