"Dance of the Vampires"
This month (Sep 7-20), Arsenal celebrates the legendary Polish film composer Krzystof Komeda.
From 1958 until his tragic sudden death in 1969, Komeda contributed to more than 60 full-length and short films, documentaries, cartoons and TV shows, including career-defining collaborations with Roman Polanski like The Fearless Vampire Killers (Sep 7), Cul-de-Sac (Sep 9) and Rosemary's Baby (Sep 17). Another collaborator was Andrzej Wajda, whose Innocent Sorcerer (Sep 8) features a protagonist molded after Komeda: a trained doctor and jazz pianist who famously rode a Lambretta. In his home country, Komeda rose to fame through his love and obsession: American jazz music. In a socialist land where recovery from World War II was slow and gruelling, jazz represented more than an expression of Western culture; it represented freedom. By incorporating it in his scores, Komeda cemented his place not only in film history, but in Polish cultural history as well. Through 14 short and feature films, Arsenal's retrospective highlights the precision and passion of the Polish-born composer and pianist.
Filmmusik: Krzysztof Komeda, Sep 7-20 | Kino Arsenal, Potsdamer Str. 2, Mitte, U-Bhf Potsdamer Platz, for full programme, languages and times see website