Jerzy Skolimowski (U.K., 1978). A young couple (John Hurt, Susannah York) find their polite English afternoons interrupted by the arrival of a psychotic, seductive stranger (Alan Bates). With a jarring electronic-music score and a soundtrack by Genesis. “An intense, haunting work” (Michel Ciment). (86 mins)
Series Title: Hands Up! Essential Skolimowski
Actor, director, poet, painter, boxer: Polish filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski is a man of many roles. A key figure in the groundbreaking Polish New Wave of the 1960s, his early films such as Identification Marks: None, Barrier, and Walkover encapsulated the alienation and restlessness of a generation of young Eastern Europeans coming of age against not only an older, established generation, but an entire system of bureaucratic confinement. His films, with their constantly on-the-move characters and relentlessly flowing camerawork (Walkover is comprised of only thirty-four takes), are taut with a raw power and a stifled energy that surprise to this day; after falling afoul of censors with the radical allegory Hands Up! Skolimowski himself was soon stifled.