PODCAST | Matt Micucci interviews filmmaker Krzysztof Zanussi, who introduced the 1928 film Pan Tadeusz at the 35th Pordenone Silent Film Festival.
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Filmmaker Krzystof Zanussi attended the Pordenone Silent Film Festival (Giornate del Cinema Muto) for the first time this year. Which is hard to believe considering his passion for film, as our conversation with him shows.
Zanussi reveals his excitement at being at the festival and visiting Pordenone, a city with which he has personal ties. He is here also for a special reason: to give an introduction to Pan Tadeusz, a 1928 film by Ryszard Ordynski, which to this day is one of the only surviving films from the Polish silent era. When we ask him about the reason behind the scarce quantity of Polish film from the early cinema, he points out that films were not only the only things that Poland lost during the second world war.
In this interview, we also try to understand what Polish cinema was like in those days, the influence that it had in the cinema that was to follow from Poland, and even specifically talk about Pan Tadeusz, which he indtroduces as a very Polish film. Zanussi’s fascinting theories on cinema, not only in its silent form, broaden the scope of this interview, as we ponder on such things as what changes the introduction of sound brought to the cinematic language.