Lumière’s Cinématographe - Living photographs demonstration - 120 years later

Lumière’s Cinématographe - Living photographs demonstration

- 120 years later
Film - Music - Theatre
Monday, 21 November 2016, 7 p.m.
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre in Krakow


120 years ago, a year after the first presentation of the Lumière’s Cinématographe in Paris, the first film screening on Polish soil was held in Krakow. It happened on 14th November 1896 in the City Theatre, which is now known as the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre. To commemorate that event, a celebration will take place on the evening of 21st November at the exact same place.

The celebration will start with a set of short films by Lumière brothers, including the ones with which the story of film in Poland has started. The audience will also see a set of documentary films from the beginning of the 20th Century, presenting the beauty of old Krakow in all its glory. Both screenings will be accompanied with live music performed by pianist and composer, Adrian Konarski.

The culmination of the evening will be a sceening of a digitally restored, Polish silent feature film People with No Tomorrow directed by Aleksander Hertz. Long considered to be lost, was recently found in Germany. It shows the off-stage lives of Polish theatre actors Poland, the intrigues, love affairs and conspiracies. Live music during the film will be performed by Szamburski/Zakrocki/Wypych trio.

On the day of the event, a multimedia exhibition about the film People with No Tomorrow will be on display at the Juliusz Słowacki Theatre. The exhibition presents many interesting facts about the making of the film, the crew, landscapes in Warsaw used in the picture, frames from the film, as well as digitized glass negatives included in a special collection from the archives of Filmoteka Narodowa.


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- set of short films
dir. Auguste Lumière, Louis Lumière, France 1895, 8’
Live music by: Adrian Konarski

A set of short films directed by the Lumière brothers, digitally restored in 2015 at Institut Lumière in Lyon. The set consists of the most famous pictures from the beginning of the history of film, including: The Arrival of a Train and Workers Leaving the Lumière Factory.


FILM IMAGES OF OLD KRAKOW - set of short films
Poland 1913-1929, 31’
Live music by: Adrian Konarski

Pioneers of Polish documentary filmmaking managed to immortalize on tape such important events as the Corpus Christi procession, as well as the everyday life of the royal city. The viewers will take a walk along the city park from the beginning of the 20th Century, they will take a ride on the first tram and take a chance to be swept away by the magic of a moonlit night in Krakow.

dir. Aleksander Hertz, Poland 1919, 80’
Live music by: Szamburski/Zakrocki/Wypych

Alfred Runicz, a hussar captain, is engaged to the daughter of Paweł Lenin, the director of city theatres in Warsaw. For his new premiere play, Lenin hires Lola Wirska, a well known artist, who also happens to be an incredibly beautiful woman famous for her love affairs. The current star, Helena Horska, does not want to accept a supporting role in the play and warns her colleagues against her new rival. The men don’t seem to take her warnings seriously, unaware of the fate that awaits them.

People with No Tomorrow is one of the early silent Polish films, as well as a sensational discovery in the German Bundesarchiv. The film was made in 1919, but didn’t make it to the cinemas until 1921 after many adjustments to the script. Until recently it was thought to be destroyed. Józef Węgrzyn, who plays the captain, is considered to be one of the most interesting Polish actors of the beginning of the 20th Century. The role of Lola Wirska has been given to Halina Bruczówna, then a star of film and theatre, for whom it was the last appearance in a Polish film before leaving for the United States. It is the only preserved film production starring Halina Bruczówna.

The films will be presented with English subtitles.


Pianist, composer of music for film and theatre. Among many others, he wrote the music score for the film Pręgi directed by Magdalena Piekorz, for the musical Little Princess, as well theatrical music for plays directed by Jerzy Stuhr. He is the author of many songs performed by the artists from Piwnica pod Baranami. His compositions have been presented at many prestigious festivals including the International Modern Music Festival and International Festival of Krakow Composers.
As a musician he took part in multiple television and radio recordings of poetic and theatrical music. Since 2007 he has been a member of the European Film Academy.

Paweł Szamburski - clarinets, mandolin, loop station, vocals
Patryk Zakrocki - mbira, violin, loop station, moog
Sebastian Wypych - contrabass

Paweł Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki are musicians, improvisers, animators, who have been active on the music scene in capital city for 15 years, making improvised music and independent art, creating music for theatre, film, silent film and modern dane. They have been a part of various artistic projects, such as Tupika, Meritum, Meoma, Horny Trees, Cukunft, Ircha Pneumatic and many others that they can’t even name themselves. They have been surprising their audiences with limitless musical imagination, counterintuitive instrument choice, multilayered sound and an amazing sense of humour.
The duo will be accompanied by Sebastian Wypych, contrabassist, who has worked with many bands and orchestras in the country and abroad, including Jan Stanienda’s “Wratislavia” or “Sinfonietta Cracovia”. He is also known to experiment, combining classical music with electronics and mixing different music styles in one performance.



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