Milestone Films, in partnership with The Film Foundation, has announced the launch of a North American tour of the 21 film retrospective "Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema." Beginning in New York at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Feb. 5, the tour will hit more than 30 major cities in the U.S. and Canada throughout 2014 and 2015.
The films span from 1957-1987 and have all undergone extensive digital re-mastering and restoration to newly subtitled DCPs. Scorsese handpicked the films from from of Poland’s most lauded and accomplished filmmakers.
"There are many revelations in the ‘Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ series, and whether you’re familiar with some of these films or not, it’s an incredible opportunity to discover for yourself the great power of Polish cinema, on the big screen in brilliantly digital masters," Scorsese said in a statement.
Scorsese received and honorary doctoral degree from The Polish National Film, Television and Theatre School in 2011. While there he met with Jedrzej Sablinski and Grzegorz Molewski and learned of the long list of Polish films that had been digitally restored. From there the idea for a North American tour was born. Scorsese chose 21 titles off of the list and then The Film Foundation executive director Margaret Bodde developed the program with Sablinski. Here’s the full slate of films:
"Eroica," Andrzej Munk, 1957
"Ashes and Diamonds," Andrzej Wajda, 1958
"The Last Day of Summer," Tadeusz Konwicki, 1958
"Night Train," Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1959
"Black Cross," Aleksander, Ford, 1960
"Innocent Sorcerers," Andrzej Wajda,1960
"Mother Joan of the Angels," Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1960
"The Saragossa Manuscript," Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1964
"Jump," Tadeusz Konwicki, 1965
"Pharoah," Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1965
"The Illumination," Krzysztof Zanussi,1972
"To Kill this Love," Morgenstern,1972
"The Wedding,"Andrzej Wajda,1972
"The Hour-Glass Sanatorium," Wojciech Jerzy Has, 1973
"The Promised Land," Andrzej Wajda, 1974
"Camouflage," Krzysztof Zanussi, 1976
"The Constant Factor," Krzysztof Zanussi, 1980
"Blind Chance," Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1981
"Man of Iron," Andrzej Wajda,1981
"Austeria," Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1982
"A Short Film About Killing," Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1987
More details on the program and tour cities will be released later this month.