THE HAPPY FILMMAKER, OR 'EDISON' FROM SOMEWHERE ON THE VISTULA (Szczesliwy filmowiec, czyli 'Edison'znad Wisly)
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In the summer of 1926, during the outdoor summer sessions of Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts held in Kazimierz Dolny, an event, unprecedented in the history of Polish cinematography, took place. Tadeusz Pruszkowski, a charismatic professor from the legendary Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, together with his students, made a film entitled The Happy Hanged Man, or California in Poland. The film crew had no previous experience in film making, and the camera and film were provided by the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Public Education. Pruszkowski was the operator, and his students played the lead characters, while the residents of Kazimierz helped as extras. While only a modest plot was planned, a feature length film was made. It was shown in 1926 at the 'Splendid' cinema in Warsaw. The plot deals with a grotesque love story of young painters. Although the film was destroyed during the war, one can reconstruct the forgotten film from various reviews, memories and other dispersed information.
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