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9 March 2018: Story of Sin


The Phonograph
Walerian Borowczyk
1969 | 6 min | Colour | Digital

An old phonograph assembles itself, plays songs on wax drums before self-destructing. In many ways The Phonograph is a companion piece to Renaissance, there is nevertheless something quietly affecting about Borowczyk’s final "object" animation. Through a succession of loving close-ups, there is a sense of both a love of craftsmanship not to mention nostalgia for a bygone age.

Story of Sin
Walerian Borowczyk
1975 | 124 min | Colour | Digital

Based on the novel by Stefan Żeromski, Story of Sin is Borowczyk’s singular Polish feature film. Grażyna Długołęcka plays Ewa Pobratyńska, the doomed heroine whose passion for a married anthropology student takes her on a perilous journey across early-20th-century Europe. Casting a critical eye on the hypocrisy of the Catholic Church, Story of Sin counts as Borowczyk’s most passionate film, a delirious melodrama that reaches an ecstatic pitch.

Part of our season on Walerian Borowczyk