Szczechura, Daniel

(1930-)
   Eminent maker of animated films, Szczechura graduated from the Warsaw University (1958, art history) and the Łódź Film School (1962, cinematography). In the 1960s, he began making films at the SE-MA-FOR film studio. Inspired by Jan Lenica and Walerian Borowczyk's animated films, Szczechura produced several known works that were thinly veiled allusions to the absurdities of the Polish People's Republic. Despite their complex nature, films such as The Machine (Maszyna, 1961), The Letter (Litera, 1962), A Chair (Fotel, 1963), and Hobby (1968) were often analyzed as metaphors for living in a totalitarian system. For example, Szczechura's Hobby was commented upon as a political film about enslavement and liberation, as well as a chilling tale about female possessiveness. His later films also got critical acclaim, for example The Voyage (Podróż, 1970), King Popiel (O królu Pop-ielu, 1974), and Mirage (Fatamorgana, 1981). Szczechura received several international awards for his films, including the Grand Prix at the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival for Hobby and several prizes at the Kraków Film Festival.
   Historical Dictionary of Polish Cinema by Marek Haltof

Guide to cinema. . 2011.

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