A collection of films by the great Polish animator Jan Lenica
Curated by The Sadnesses
Total Runtime: 0:53:15
Jan Lenica (4 January 1928, Poznań, Poland - 5 October 2001, Berlin) was a Polish graphic designer and cartoonist. While some would say his highly surreal films were crude in execution, this was intentional and added to their charm. The films have proven to have a lasting influence on other filmmakers including Terry Gilliam and Jan Svankmajer.
From an article on the website culture.pl:
"Lenica and Borowczyk's brilliance did not reveal itself in technical innovation or inventiveness; on the contrary, it was demonstrated in their nonchalant approach to existing techniques and conventions", wrote Marcin Giżycki. "... Their films made no secret of the simplicity of means they utilized, camouflaged nothing, their movement and montage as simplified as possible. Just a few pieces of coloured paper, old photographs, junk objects, fragments of found drawings."
When asked about the innovativeness of their first joint films, dubbed experimental by the critics, Lenica ascribed it to their unfamiliarity with the previous achievement. The fact is, however, that the cutout technique used by Borowczyk and Lenica in their first films, and then by Lenica in a couple of his subsequent film, proved successful in producing effects which were funny and satirical, surrealistically grotesque, or absurd and horrific as in Ionesco and Kafka. Lenica did not find this formula satisfying for long, however, and having parted with Borowczyk, he went on to make combined films, live films, films with photographic stills; and, finally, cartoons.