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Innocent Sorcerers - Niewinni Czarodzieje DVD
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A neglected masterpiece by Andrzej Wajda, reflective of the best of 1960s Polish cinema. Wry and cynical in tone, the work is important for being "the first film in Eastern Europe to chronicle the disillusionment of the younger generation" (San Francisco Chronicle). A bachelor doctor, who is also a jazz musician, can' t quite commit himself to his superficial girlfriend. He and his aimless friends find any kind of human contact or emotional commitment a troubling and ultimately uninviting prospect. With Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Cybulski, and a young Roman Polanski.A neglected masterpiece by Andrzej Wajda, reflective of the best of 1960s Polish cinema. Wry and cynical in tone, the work is important for being "the first film in Eastern Europe to chronicle the disillusionment of the younger generation" (San Francisco Chronicle). A bachelor doctor, who is also a jazz musician, can' t quite commit himself to his superficial girlfriend. He and his aimless friends find any kind of human contact or emotional commitment a troubling and ultimately uninviting prospect. With Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Cybulski, and a young Roman Polanski.A neglected masterpiece by Andrzej Wajda, reflective of the best of 1960s Polish cinema. Wry and cynical in tone, the work is important for being "the first film in Eastern Europe to chronicle the disillusionment of the younger generation" (San Francisco Chronicle). A bachelor doctor, who is also a jazz musician, can' t quite commit himself to his superficial girlfriend. He and his aimless friends find any kind of human contact or emotional commitment a troubling and ultimately uninviting prospect. With Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Cybulski, and a young Roman Polanski.A neglected masterpiece by Andrzej Wajda, reflective of the best of 1960s Polish cinema. Wry and cynical in tone, the work is important for being "the first film in Eastern Europe to chronicle the disillusionment of the younger generation" (San Francisco Chronicle). A bachelor doctor, who is also a jazz musician, can' t quite commit himself to his superficial girlfriend. He and his aimless friends find any kind of human contact or emotional commitment a troubling and ultimately uninviting prospect. With Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Cybulski, and a young Roman Polanski. Mlody lekarz, Andrzej (Tadeusz Lomnicki) pracuje w klubie sportowym. Nie ma wyg=rowanych ambicji, marzy jedynie o domku i samochodzie. Chetnie nawiazuje przelotne zwiazki z kobietami, jednak do uczuc nie przywiazuje wiekszej wagi. Pewnego wieczoru udaje sie do nocnego lokalu "Manekin", gdzie poznaje piekna dziewczyne. Oboje spedzaja noc w jego kawalerskim mieszkaniu. Niebawem rozpoczyna sie miedzy nimi swoista gra pozor=w, p=z i masek. Choc sa soba zafascynowani, pragna ukryc rodzace sie uczucie. Cynizm i nonszalancja nie pozwalaja im przyznac sie do tesknoty za miloscia... Film Andrzeja Wajdy ukazuje typowe dla konca lat piecdziesiatych postawy i zachowania mlodziezy zafascynowanej filozofia egzystencjalizmu. Rezyser z ironia odnosi sie do tych konwencji. Niepowtarzalny klimat obrazu tworzy muzyka Krzysztofa Komedy. Cast: Krystyna Stypulkowska, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Kalina Jedrusik, Zbigniew Cybulski, Roman Polanski, Krzysztof Komeda, Jerzy Skolimowski. Directed by Andrzej Wajda. 1960, Color, 87 mins. In Polish with English Subtitles.


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Glenn Erickson - 05/01/2008 5 of 5 Stars!
Celebrated Polish director Andrzej Wajda was already pushing toward more youthful themes in the last of his war trilogy, Ashes and Diamonds. In that picture about the immediate post-war environment, young Zbigniew Cybulski is a rather anachronistic late-50s hipster with an Elvis hairdo and giant JKF sunglasses. 1960s Innocent Sorcerers is a freewheeling \"young men on the town\" tale of a jazz group who work days and play the clubs at night. Cybulski this time is the best friend of the leading character, a cocky young sports doctor grown tired of easy access to female companions. Synopsis: Bazyli (Tadeusz Lomnicki) has it made. A recent medical school graduate, he has a tiny pad of his own right in town and rides a scooter to his arena job, where he spends his days checking out amateur boxers and fending off a small harem of female admirers. He and his pals constitute a jazz ensemble and enjoy enormous popularity at a competitive concert; jazz is the current rage in Warsaw. Drummer Bazyli flirts with a reporter (Kalina Jedrusik) who makes it clear she\'s interested in a date. He brushes her off as well as his old girlfriend Mirka (Wanda Koczeska). Then Bazyli\'s best pal Edmund (Zbigniew Cybulski) asks his help in cornering a dreamboat he\'s spotted in a club. They manage to separate her from her date, and Bazyli accompanies her to the train station only to find she\'s missed her train. The girl is Pelagia (Krystyna Stypulkowska) and her secret is that she plays hard-to-get. She easily counters Bazyli\'s attempts to control the situation. Bazyli is fascinated and surprised when she accompanies him back to his apartment. During the course of the night, they play flirtatious but innocent games, and the rogue male Bazyli finds himself hooked in a way he never thought possible. Warsaw is still a wreck, but Bazyli and his hipster elite couldn\'t have it better. The lucky employed youth with money to spend cram into the clubs, and a breezy jazz musician is a key target for every ambitious girl in sight. Bazyli\'s pals are a band of nosy lay-abouts that can be depended on to show up and make a racket in the courtyard below his window; they\'re not unlike Federico Fellini\'s wastrels in I Vitelloni. A young Roman Polanski plays one of them. A boxer examined by Bazyli is played by the screenwriter (and soon-to-be director) Jerzy Skolimowski, a talent known for the cult film Deep End as well as Moonlighting; he also acts occasionally, as in Tim Burton\'s Mars Attacks! where he plays the loony professor with the translating machine. Many of Skolimowski\'s films as a writer are about loneliness and alienation, forces deeply felt in Innocent Sorcerers. Bazyli knows he\'s practically the coolest guy in town, with women practically throwing themselves at him. He behaves like a cad with Mirka and takes down the journalist\'s number, only to throw it away as soon as she\'s gone. Only when something comes along that he can\'t have for the asking, does he realize how lonely he is. Rather like Richard Linklater\'s Before Sunrise, we share Bazyli and Pelagia\'s unexpected night together and watch him rediscover his emotions. It\'s an intriguing \'first date.\' Pelagia is a bit of a coquette but never a tease; she\'s quick to demonstrate that she\'s his intellectual equal, apparently having run up against plenty of guys too quick to decide a quiet girl is a dumb one. Bazyli plays it as honestly as he can, mainly because Pelagia is too clever to give him easy-to-read signals. The showdown comes when the pair somehow gets into a game of tossing a matchbox in the air, and trying to make it land balanced on one of the smaller sides. Without either party forcing the issue, it becomes a dare, and then a game of \"strip matchbox.\" Bazyli is an early loser but rallies, revealing cracks in Pelagia\'s impressive show of nerve. Bazyli could easily win but Pelagia has stirred something deeper in him. Later, as dawn comes up, Bazyli realizes that he\'s fallen asleep. Pelagia is gone, and he feels the kind of panic that only someone desperately in love can feel. Bazyli starts a frantic search in the empty streets ... Innocent Sorcerers captures a certain bohemian state of existence in Warsaw that may have lasted only a few years, if that long; Wajda and Skolimowski\'s film is obviously aimed at recording a particular \'scene\' before it slips away. We\'re taken by the essential innocence of the young men and women alive in a new world far removed from the wartime fears and horrors of their parents\' experience. It doesn\'t matter that the streets are grim and gray, or that Bazyli\'s bachelor pad is a miserable hole in the wall with cracked plaster and cheap, broken furniture. They\'re free and young and on their own, and what could be better? Innocent Sorcerers is a positive experience. It\'s also a great place to hear the work of one more major contributor to Polish filmmaking at this time, composer Krzysztof Komeda. He was known in America only briefly as Roman Polanski\'s composer on Cul-de-Sac, Rosemary\'s Baby and the beautiful The Fearless Vampire Killers before his untimely early death in 1969. Komeda\'s jazz music gives Innocent Sorcerers a special life, forming an interesting contrast with the cobble-stoned streets. He plays himself briefly in the movie. We also hear a great club singer named Slawa Przybylska.
Richard Brzostek - 09/17/2006 5 of 5 Stars!
"Innocent Sorcerers" (Niewinni Czarodzieje) was filmed in 1960 by Poland's famous director, Andrzej Wajda. It's an unusual story of love and lust. Two men, who could be considered ladies men, try to work out a scheme to get the attention of a woman at a bar. After several near fumbles, one of them some succeeds. Throughout the story the man and woman play a game of cat and mouse as they battle for control of each other. The man, a young doctor, is intense, focused on the present and noncommittal. I was left with a feeling of emptiness watching the couple as they tried to find direction in their lives. Beneath the contentment that may have been present between them was underlying confusion of who was in control. The suspense in the film left me intrigued as the story progressed and the erotic tension built between them. "Innocent Sorcerers" is different from Wajda's other films and that of many of its contemporaries. Those were about war or some theme that was in the interest of communism. The film has that magic touch Wajda adds by having several layers of depth to the story. "Innocent Sorcerers" is about the generation of the time, their feelings and way of life.
Store Reviewer - 09/03/2006 4 of 5 Stars!
This was the first 'mainland European' film I saw as a teenager in the early 60s. I saw it on late-night television and it knocked me out. Later on I saw Wajda's 'Generation' trilogy and could barely believe that this was the same director. I have subsequently seen it on the big screen a couple of times and it remains a favourite from its era. The reason was simply that the creative force behind 'Innocent Sorcerers' is not Wajda but Jerzy Skolimowski. You only need to take a look at 'Walkover' to see the same callous and alienated attitude of the central character. However, for me, 'Innocent Sorcerers' is a superior film to Skolimowski's earliest directorial works as, through the character of Pelagia, a much greater warmth and meaning is expressed. Krystyna Stypulkowska makes a perfect Pelagia - coquettish and flirtatious, but still innocent. The exquisite scene of 'tossing the matchbox' is more erotic than all but a handful of 'explicit' sex scenes from modern cinema. There are few films from Eastern Europe in the Soviet era that ever make you really care about the characters - this is definitely one. Author: Michael Open from Belfast, NI
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