Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography

Hospital

Year
1976
Country
Poland
Duration
21’
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
An extraordinary filmed account of a round-the-clock shift in the trauma surgery department of the hospital on Barska Street in Warsaw. On the one hand, there are the patients waiting for assistance and, on the other, there are the medical personnel struggling with many and varied problems. During one of the operations, a surgical hammer breaks in the surgeon’s hand… and the camera records it happening. It also looks into the doctors’ offices and the support facilities. The hospital lacks dressings, specialist equipment and any number of surgical instruments. The surgeons are exhausted and their earnings are paltry, but they carry out their work with dedication. Kieślowski shows the realities of hospital life in the 1970s just as it was, with no retouching.

Content advisories: scenes of surgery.
CREW:
Director: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Producer: Ryszard Wrzesiński
Cinematographer: Jacek Petrycki
Editor: Lidia Zonn
Sound: Michał Żarnecki, Małgorzata Moszczeńska
Production
Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych w Warszawie
Awards
The Golden Dragon Grand Prix awarded in the International Short Film Competition in Krakow (1977); the Mermaid of Warsaw, awarded by the Film Critics’ Club of the Polish Journalists’ Association at the National Short Film Festival in Krakow (1977)
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Krzysztof Kieślowski, born in 1941 in Warsaw, was a leading Polish director of feature films, documentaries and television films in the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s that explore the social and moral themes of our times. Kieślowski studied theatre technology in Warsaw, and in 1968 he graduated from the State Theatrical and Film College in Łódź, Poland. Before his untimely death in 1996 at the age of fifty-four, the Polish master traveled an idiosyncratic path from the politically engaged documentaries and social realist dramas of his early career to the ambitious metaphysical explorations of Dekalog and the Three Colours trilogy, which made him one of the most internationally renowned European filmmakers of his generation.
Selected Filmography
The Photograph (1968); The Bricklayer (1973); Hospital (1976); From a Night Porter’s Point of View (1979); The Scar (1976); Camera Buff (1979); Blind Chance (1987); No End (1985); Decalogue (1988–89); A Short Film About Killing (1988); A Short Film About Love (1988); The Double Life of Veronique (1991);Blue (1993); White (1994); Red (1994)
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Bricklayer
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Bricklayer
Year
1973
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
16’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Curriculum Vitae
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Curriculum Vitae
Year
1975
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
41’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
From a Night Porter’s Point of View
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
From a Night Porter’s Point of View
Year
1977
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
16’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
From the City of Łódź
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
From the City of Łódź
Year
1969
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
19’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Refrain
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Refrain
Year
1972
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
10’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Seven Women of Different Ages
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Seven Women of Different Ages
Year
1978
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
16’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Talking Heads
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
Talking Heads
Year
1980
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
14’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
The Factory
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
The Factory
Year
1970
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
17’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
X-Ray
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography
X-Ray
Year
1974
Country
Poland
Director
Krzysztof Kieślowski
Duration
12’
Krzysztof Kieślowski: a documentary biography