Jerzy Skolimowski: King Queen Knave
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King Queen Knave
Jerzy Skolimowski (Germany/U.S, 1972). A bumbling orphan winds up in the care of his industrialist uncle and attractive aunt, and promptly begins breaking all the wrong taboos, in this clever satire on the kinks of the well-mannered rich. David Niven and Gina Lollobrigida anchor Skolimowski’s adaptation of the famed Nabokov novel. (94 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.