#2: "Vinci" [2004]

#3: [Right] - "Vinci" [2004]

 

   


  EDWARD KLOSINSKI

 

Born: 2 January 1943, Warsaw, Poland, as Edward Stefan Kłosiński.

Died: 5 January 2008, Milanówek [near Warsaw], Poland.

Education: PWSFTviT, Lódz [graduated in 1967].

Career: Worked at the Film Academy [PWSFTviT] as asst at the film department [1967-68].

Was a member of the STOFF/PSC.

Was married to actress Krystyna Janda.

Got a 'star' on the 'Walk of Fame' in Lódz in March 2009.

Appeared in the doc's 'Wiecej swiatla. Festiwal Operatorów Filmowych Camerimage '97' [1997, Piotr Lazarkiewicz; ph: Adam Sikora; 54m] & 'Krec! Jak kochasz, to krec!' [2010, Andrzej Wajda; ph: Jacek Petrycki & Pawel Edelman; 46m].

Awards: Komitetu d/s Radia i Telewizji [1978] for 'Polskie drogi'; Panama MFF [1979] for 'Spirala'; Sitges IFF 'Best Cinematography' [1991] for 'Europa'; Medina del Campo, Spain - 4° Certamen Nacional de Cortometrajes, Trofeo a la mejor fotografia [1996] for 'La muerte de Filomeno'; Bayerischer Filmpreis [2000] for 'Gloomy Sunday'; Krzyż Oficerski Orderu Odrodzenia Polski [2008]; Plus Camerimage Award for the Contribution to the Art of Cinematography [2008].


Obituary: It is a tribute to the skills of the cinematographer Edward Klosinski, who has died of lung cancer aged 65, that the greatest Polish film directors - Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Krzysztof Kieslowski - sought his collaboration on their films. Wajda, for whom Klosinski shot eight films, gave him his first job as director of photography on 'Brzezina/The Birch Wood', when the credited cinematographer, Zygmunt Samosiuk, left the production. The look of the film derives from Polish art nouveau paintings, although this bitter-sweet drama was set in the 1930s. Driven by "censorship behind closed doors", Wajda had turned to non-overtly political literature for his material until 'Czlowiek z marmuru/Man of Marble'.

This bold, no-frills political tale of a modern film student's investigation of the life of a Stakhanovite bricklayer in the 1950s has black-and-white recreations of the newsreels of the time. The chain-smoking student was played by Krystyna Janda, whom Klosinski married in 1981, the year of 'Czlowiek z zelaza/Man of Iron'. In this sequel to 'Czlowiek z marmuru/Man of Marble', Janda appeared as a dissident filmmaker, now married to the son of the worker. In a way, Wajda's uncluttered style suited Klosinski, who had a fondness for natural light. "The cinematography cannot be a wall separating the film from the viewer," he once said. "If the cinematography is so aggressive that the cinema viewer starts sighing 'how lovely', then they lose the essence of the film. I try not to stick out from behind the camera, and not to overdo special shots - from under the table, then from a bird's-eye view."

In Wajda's 'Bez znieczulenia/Rough Treatment', the shots are intentionally rough because, as the cinematographer himself said, "this was a story about difficult moments in the life of a journalist, so I did my best to make it look like a reporter's work, to make it restless, careless".

Klosinski worked for Zanussi in the 1970s on 'Illuminacja/Illumination' and 'Barwy ochronne/Camouflage', both taking place in the narrow scientific academic community, both making wider philosophical and political statements. Klosinski considered himself part of the "cinema of moral anxiety" created by the generation inspired by the films of Wajda.

"The most active period of my work," Klosinski declared, "fell in the years of the birth and peak development of the cinema of moral anxiety. I know it was needed and important, but in terms of form it is hard to view it as rich. It probably had to be that way. If the formal aspects had been more spectacular, they would have falsified the content which was the most important thing."

In 1987, Klosinski and Kieslowski teamed up for the first time for Episode 2 of 'Dekalog/Decalogue', a series of 10 one-hour television films inspired by the Ten Commandments. On the theme of "thou shalt have no other gods before me", the story tells how a young boy, encouraged by his father to calculate everything by computer, miscalculates that the ice on a lake will be thick enough to support him.

Klosinski later shot Kieslowski's penultimate film, 'Trois couleurs: Blanc/Trzy kolory: Bialy/Three Colours: White', the middle film in the trilogy based on the colors of the French flag; it is a wry black comedy set in Poland and shot in a more realistic manner than the other two more spiritual films. With its wintry landscapes, the title color permeates the film. [From obituary by Ronald Bergan in The Guardian, 22 February 2008.]


 

 FILMS AT THE PWSFTviT

1964

Propozycja [Jerzy Wojciech Wójcik] b&w; short/22m; c.asst; ph: Jan Hesse

1965

Przygoda [Raszko Uzunow] b&w; short/5m

1965

Velorio [José Luis Di Zeo] b&w; short/4m

1965

Zdarzenie [Marek Piestrak] ?; short/5m

1966

Dzien zwyciestwa [Marek Piestrak] b&w; short/11m

1966

Niebo [Juan Manuel Torres] b&w; short/10m

1966

Wygrana, przegrana/Park [Raszko Uzunow] b&w; short/8m; cph: Slawomir Idziak

1967

Nocna wizyta [Jerzy Wojciech Wójcik] b&w; short/27m; c.op; ph: Ryszard Kuziemski

1967

Wagary [Jacek Butrymowicz] b&w; short/23m; c.asst; ph: Slawomir Idziak

1968

Czy panstwo gracie [Juan Manuel Torres] b&w; short/30m

 

 FILMS

1969

Jacek Mierzejewski 1884-1925 [Jerzy Mierzejewski] c; doc/14m; cph: Mieczyslaw Lewandowski

1970

Spojrzenie [Slawomir Idziak] b&w; doc/247mtr

1970

Brzezina/The Birch Wood [Andrzej Wajda] c; was c.op, but finished the film after ph Zygmunt Samosiuk left the prod

1971

Uciec jak najblizej/Run Counter Run [Janusz Zaorski] b&w

1972

Illuminacja/Illumination [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1974

Ziemia obiecana/The Promised Land/Land of Promise [Andrzej Wajda] 35mm & 70mm/c; 179m; cph: Witold Sobocinski & Waclaw Dybowski; also 4-part tv-miniseries/204m (1975)

1975

Strach [Antoni Krauze] c

1976

Barwy ochronne/Camouflage [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1976

Czlowiek z marmuru/Man of Marble [Andrzej Wajda] c

1977

Pokój z widokiem na morze/A Room with a View on the Sea [Janusz Zaorski] c

1977

Wodzirej/Top Dog [Feliks Falk] c

1977

Spirala/Spiral [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1978

Bez znieczulenia/Rough Treatment [Andrzej Wajda] c

1979

Panny z Wilka/The Young Ladies of Wilko [Andrzej Wajda] c

1979

Szansa/Chance [Feliks Falk] c; + co-dialogue

1979

Pogoda domu niechaj bedzie z Toba... Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz [Andrzej Wajda] c; doc/19m

1981

Dziecinne pytania/Childish Questions [Janusz Zaorski] c

1981

Czlowiek z zelaza/Man of Iron [Andrzej Wajda] b&w-c

1982

Matka królów/Mother of Kings [Janusz Zaorski] b&w; cph: Witold Adamek

1982

Bella Donna [- Kann denn Liebe Sünde sein?] [Peter Keglevic] c

1984

Der Bulle und das Mädchen [Peter Keglevic] c

1985

Ga, ga. Chwala bohaterom [Piotr Szulkin] c

1985

Kronika wypadków miłosnych/Chronicle of Love Affairs [Andrzej Wajda] c

1986

Magic Sticks [Peter Keglevic] c

1988

And the Violins Stopped Playing/I skrzypce przestaly grac [Alexander Ramati] c

1989

Herzlich willkommen [Hark Bohm] 16mm-35bu/c

1989

Der Skipper/Kill Cruise [Peter Keglevic] c

1990

Zycie za zycie. Maksymilian Kolbe/Leben für Leben - Maximilian Kolbe [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

1990

Europa [Lars von Trier] p/b&w-c; cph: Henning Bendtsen & Jean-Paul Meurisse; uwph: Mike Valentine

1991

Kuchnia polska [Jacek Bromski] c; cph: Janusz Gauer; followed by tv-series

1992

Trois couleurs: Blanc/Trzy kolory: Bialy [Krzysztof Kieslowski] c; + scrpl cons

1995

Love & Hate - European Stories [seg 'Steps' dir by Olaf Olszewski] c; short/15m; seg of 5-part anthology; other ph: Anthony Dod Mantle, Hans Welin, Radoslav Vladic & Erik Poppe

1995

Pestka/The Pip [Krystyna Janda] c

1995

La muerte de Filomeno [Ina Lüders] c; short/12m

1997

Un air si pur.../An Air So Pure [Yves Angelo] c; cph: Denis Lenoir

1998

Gloomy Sunday - Ein Lied von Liebe und Tod/The Piano Player [Rolf Schübel] c

1999

Tydzien z zycia mezczyzny/A Week in the Life of a Man [Jerzy Stuhr] c

1999

Abschied - Brechts letzter Sommer/The Farewell [Jan Schütte] c

1999

Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa/Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

2000

Chopin. Pragnienie milosci/Chopin: Desire for Love [Jerzy Antczak] c

2001

Old Love/Späte Liebe [Jan Schütte] c; short/25m

2001

Suplement/The Supplement [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

2001

Gebirtig [Robert Schindel & Lukas Stepanik] c

2002

Superprodukcja [Juliusz Machulski] c

2002

SuperTex [- Eine Stunde im Paradies] [Jan Schütte] scope/c

2003

Pogoda na jutro [Jerzy Stuhr] c

2004

Vinci [Juliusz Machulski] c

2004

Jaki jest z bliska [Katarzyna Maciejko-Kowalczyk] c; doc/45m

2005

Persona non grata [Krzysztof Zanussi] c

2005

Solidarnosc, Solidarnosc... [seg (7m) 'Sushi' dir by Juliusz Machulski, 'Czolgi' (6m) dir by Krzysztof Zanussi, 'Krótka historia jednej tablicy' (5m) dir by Feliks Falk & 'Czlowiek z nadziei' (10m) dir by Andrzej Wajda] s16/c; 13 seg; other ph: Adam Bajerski, Piotr Sliskowski, a.o.

2005

Fale. Wyjazd/Waves. Day Return [Maciej Pisarek] c; short/27m

2005

Wszyscy jestesmy Chrystusami/We're All Christs [Marek Koterski] c

2006

Love Comes Lately [Jan Schütte] s16-35bu/c; cph: Chris Squires

2009

Rewizyta/Revisited [Krzysztof Zanussi] c; ph (footage 'Barwy ochronne', 1976); ph: Dariusz Kuc

 

 TELEVISION

1970

Na dobranoc [Janusz Zaorski] tvm/b&w/25m

1971

Dekameron 40 czyli cudowne przytrafienie pewnego nieboszczyka [Jan Budkiewicz] tvm/28m

1971

Mateo Falcone [Jan Budkiewicz] tvm/26m; + co-scrpl

1971

Meta/The Pad [Antoni Krauze] tvm/b&w/65m; cph: Slawomir Idziak

1972

Hipoteza/Hypothesis [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm/28m

1973

Sobie król [Janusz Leski] tvm/b&w/37m

1973

Sledztwo [Marek Piestrak] tvm/34m

1973

Zólw [Andrzej Kotkowski] tvm/31m

1974

Historia pewnej milosci [Wojciech Wiszniewski] tvm/b&w/52m

1974

Sedziowie. Tragedya [Konrad Swinarski] tvm/51m

1976

Polskie drogi [ep #1-6 dir by Janusz Morgenstern] 11-part series; ep #7-11 ph by Witold Adamek

1976

Umarla klasa. Seans T. Kantora [Andrzej Wajda] doc/72m

1978

Zalegly urlop [Janusz Zaorski] tvm/53m; cph: Janusz Kalicinski

1978

Dlugie pozegnanie [Jerzy Domaradzki & (tv dir) Ryszard Kosminski] tvm; cph: Wojciech Król

1980

Die Jahre vergehen [Peter Keglevic] tvm

1980

Z biegiem lat, z biegiem dni... [Andrzej Wajda & Edward Klosinski] 8-part series; other ph: Witold Adamek

1983

Die Grünstein-Variante [Bernhard Wicki] tvm

1984

Eine blaßblaue Frauenschrift [Axel Corti] 2-part tvm

1985

Pattbergs Erbe [Marianne Lüdcke] tvm/16mm

1985

Sansibar oder Der letzte Grund [Bernhard Wicki] tvm/16mm; cph: Claus Neumann & Jürgen Lenz

1987

Dekalog/Decalogue [ep 'Dwa/Two' (58m) dir by Krzysztof Kieslowski] 10-part series

1989

Modrzejewska [Jan Lomnicki] 7-part series

1991

Kuchnia polska [ep #1-2 dir by Jacek Bromski] 6-part series, 1991-93; other ph: Janusz Gauer

1991

Der große Bellheim [Dieter Wedel] 4-part miniseries

1994

Der Schattenmann [Dieter Wedel] 5-part miniseries

1995

Im Innern des Bernsteins [Ilse Hofmann] tvm

1995

Amfitrion [Michal Kwiecinski] tvm

1996

Opowiesci weekendowe/Weekend Stories [ep 'Damski interes/A Woman's Business' (56m), 'Slaba wiara/Little Faith' (54m) & 'Urok wszeteczny/Deceptive Charm' (55m) dir by Krzysztof Zanussi] 8-part series, 1996-97 & 2000

1996

Tristan i Izolda [Krystyna Janda] tvm

1997

Der König von St. Pauli [ep #1-4 & #6 dir by Dieter Wedel] 6-part miniseries, 1998; other ph: Gerard Vandenberg (cph #2), Franz Rath (#5) & Kurt Weber (#5); also 3-part tvm (2003)

1998

Liebe mich bis in den Tod [Michael Keusch] tvm

1998

Fizjologia malzenstwa [Krystyna Janda] 24-part series, 1999-2000

1999

Od czasu do czasu [Juliusz Machulski] tvm

1999

Skowronek [Krzysztof Zanussi] tvm

2000

Opowiesci weekendowe/Weekend Stories [ep 'Skarby ukryte/The Hidden Treasure' (54m) dir by Krzysztof Zanussi] see 1996

2000

Zwiazek otwarty [Krystyna Janda] tvm/52m

2001

Zazdrosc [Krystyna Janda] tvm/71m

2002

Porozmawiajmy o zyciu i smierci [Krystyna Janda] tvm/55m

2003

19. Poludnik [Juliusz Machulski] tvm/75m

2003

Sluby panienskie czyli magnetyzm serca [Krystyna Janda] tvm

2003

Meskie - Zenskie [ep #4 'Buty', #5 'Aktorka' & #6 'Danie swiateczne' dir by Krystyna Janda] 6-part series/v, 2003-04; other ph: Witold Sobocinski

2006

Mein alter Freund Fritz [Dieter Wedel] tvm

2007

1939-1944 Tagebuch eines Lagerkommandanten [Anja Krug-Metzinger] doc + dram seq/b&w-c/52m/dv; cph: Bernd Meiners; released in 2011

 

 FILMS AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1969

Sasiedzi [Aleksander Scibor-Rylski] co-c.asst; ph: Kurt Weber

 

With dir Wojciech Marczewski - "Podrózni jak inni"

 

1969

Podrózni jak inni [Wojciech Marczewski; tvm/24m] co-c.op; ph: Slawomir Idziak

1970

Lokis. Rekopis profesora Wittembacha [Janusz Majewski] c.asst; ph: Stefan Matyjaszkiewicz

1970

Brzezina/The Birch Wood [Andrzej Wajda; tvm] c.op (and finished film as ph); ph: Zygmunt Samosiuk

1970

Dzien listopadowy [Edward Zebrowski; tvm] c.asst; ph: Zygmunt Samosiuk

1971

Jeszcze slychac spiew. I rzenie koni... [Mieczyslaw Waskowski] c.asst; ph: Slawomir Idziak

1972

Zabijcie czarna owce/Kill the Black Sheep [Jerzy Passendorfer] c.op; ph: Stefan Pindelski