Movies influence me (4)

November 20th, 2012 by twardosz3agnieszka3s

By Agnieszka Twardosz (1995), LOK Kraków/Poland

I believe that everything we have touched, affects us. There are some movies which have the biggest influence on me, my personal development and the way I see the world now. I decided to choose a few of them and share with you.

Childhood

Everybody has a favorite animation from the past. For me it’s Pocahontas. I have watched this a thousands of times and I will never get bored. It’s a beautiful story about nature, racial conflicts and forbidden love, with no happy ending. Sometimes people ask me if I’m not too old to watch it again and again, but I know I’m not. Another one is Birds. I was about 8 years old, alone at home, when I was watching that. Nothing ever scared me so much and some scenes still appear in my head in most improper moments. I think I will be scared of ravens and crows forever.

Breakthrough

There’s a movie which is the reason I started to be interested in cinema. There’s a movie which is enchanted and full of magic. There’s a movie which taught me tolerance and understanding. There’s a movie after watching which I couldn’t stop crying for half an hour. And the movie title is Edward Scissorhands.

 

 Adolescence

Another movie I love is Picnic at Hanging Rock. It’s that kind of film, while I was watching it, I had thrills. In the story, a group of students from a school for girls with their teacher decided to watch a famous rock closer, but some of them never come back. It reminds a dream-the plot is enveloped of the mystery, it’s almost poetic. I think that drama formed my sense of beauty. The second one totally shocked me, and was probably the best I’ve ever seen and its name is  Breaking the waves. Someone may say it’s sick, but for me it’s like holiness. To such an extent that I watched it only once. It’s really hard to say what it is about, for me about women’s strength, devotion and sacrifice. Warning! After watching it you have a feeling as it someone hit you with an axe. Maybe now something more gentler-The bridges of Madison County. It’s probably one of the most beautiful, not-sugary history of impossible love. Two mature people after ordeals fell in love, but they have to make a tragic decision-be happy or let someone else be happy. It’s a very sad story, but it brings hope too. Because of it I know that everything can happen. An apparently, boring day can be t h a t day. And now the film about the end of the world (21.12.2012!?),no, about people’s behaviors in the face of the end of the world. I have found myself in each of characters of Melancholia. And then sadness came over me -so huge and deep. Because it’s really hard to say what that movie brings. Maybe reflections, maybe nothingness. Now it’s time for a legend. Casablanca is a cure for a bad mood. It takes so many universal subjects such as love triangle, war, longing for lost freedom and sacrifice, but it’s the funniest film in the world, too! I also have a fondness for it, because it started my fascination with Humphrey Bogart(what a man!). The last one I choose is by the Polish director Krzysztof Kieślowski and it’s called A Short Film About Love. It is so real and goes straight to human sensitivity. I won’t write anything else. Just watch it if you can.

What about you? Have you got such movies ,too? What are they?

Traditional festivals were substituted by secular ones. Would the young generation of the 21st century like to take part in them ?

March 4th, 2012 by twardosz3agnieszka3s

by Agnieszka Twardosz (1995), Marlena Nowak (1995), LOK Krakow/Poland

The Polish situation in PRL times was very hard. The Soviet regime imposed its ideology and traditions on Polish people. National Polish and Christian festivals were substituted by secular festivals which came from the Russian or Soviet culture. We don’t think that the young generation of the 21st century would like to take part in them.

For example Santa Claus was changed into Russian Father Frost. Children still got presents, so in fact nothing changed, but Santa Claus was a part of our tradition. He is connected with our religion, and children in school were learning about him and in one moment they had to forget everything they had learned and accept Father Frost, who was an unknown figure for them.

1st May was established a national “Holiday of Work”. Seemingly that holiday was free of work and school, what people really liked, but on the other hand ,they didnt’t have a free time as usual, but they had to work very hard. Young people had to join the parades, learn poems and prepare for meetings with representatives of the government. If they hadn’t joined the parades, they would have been punished. Retribution was severe, so some of teenagers were scared and that’s why they took part in the celebrations.

We think that the young generation of 21st century wouldn’t like to join these festivals. They are similar to teenagers who lived in PRL times. We want to believe that they would organise strikes and protests and tried to fight with the regime. We think that they are too attached to the Polish culture and traditions to accept the Soviet ideology.

Do you agree with us ?

A Parade organized on the occasion of “Holiday of Work” in Poland.

Polish contribution into the world development – Stefan Drzewiecki and his inventions

January 24th, 2012 by twardosz3agnieszka3s

by Agnieszka Twardosz (1995), Marlena Nowak (1995) LOK Kraków/Poland

Stefan Drzewiecki was a famous Polish inventor, credited to the most outstanding engineer at the turn of 18th and 19th century. He was working out some types of submarines, propelled by the power of human muscles. He constructed a turbine prototype and a propeller. He was a collaborator and close friend with Gustave Eiffel – the constructor of Eiffel Tower. He initiated the building of a wind tunnel in Saint-Cyr near Versailles, he published his works range of propeller theory. Most of his experiments were done in his own laboratory which was loacated in the Eiffel Tower.

Bleriot XI airplane with a propeller Normale, constructed by Stefan Drzewiecki.