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On the Silver Globe

(Na srebrnym globie)
Poland 1988. Dir: Andrzej Żuławski. 166 min. DCP

OPENING NIGHT | THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1
REFRESHMENTS
& SPECIAL INTRODUCTION

7:00pm - On the Silver Globe introduced by Helena G. Kudzia

“Żuławski’s masterpiece ... On the Silver Globe is outsider art on a huge scale.”
J. HOBERMAN, NEW YORK TIMES

“Among the most visually extravagant films ever made.”
RICHARD BRODY, THE NEW YORKER

NEW RESTORATION | In a career rife with state censorship and prohibition, Andrzej Żuławski’s unruly, epic On the Silver Globe is without doubt the visionary director’s flagship film maudit — and almost certainly his chef d'oeuvre too. Coaxed back to Communist Poland in 1976 after the success of his French-made film That Most Important Thing: Love, Żuławski spent the next two years shooting a wildly ambitious (and expensive) adaptation of his great-uncle’s eponymous sci-fi novel before Polish authorities pulled the plug (reportedly for its ballooning budget; likely its subversive content). A decade later, Żuławski sutured the surviving material together, adding restaged scenes, documentary footage, and expository voiceover, to produce a frenzied, mammoth-sized version of his “murdered” masterpiece. In it, astronauts marooned on a replacement Earth forge a new, pious society amid the planet’s telepathic bird people (no joke). Screening in a brand-new digital restoration approved by the late Żuławski, this is gonzo, grandiose cinema of the first order.

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Helena G. Kudzia is an instructor in the Department of Central, Eastern, and Northern European Studies at the University of British Columbia. She holds degrees from Poland and Canada. Her interests include Social Sciences, Philosophy, and Language.

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“[Żuławski’s] masterpiece ... A singular cinematic experience.”

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