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On The Silver Globe (1988) Directed by Andrzej Żuławski To describe a Żuławski film with words—“guttural,” “primitive,” “extreme” come to mind— is to undermine the actual experience.  Buffeted by tidal waves of verbosity, an invasive, always-moving camera eye captures actors driven to maniacal states often bordering acute pleasure and pain, radical ecstasy. His films are a cinematic other, almost unbearable yet impossible to ignore, and certainly his own. On the Silver Globe, his fractured sci-fi...
Cosmos Directed by Andrzej Žuławski Opens June 17 at the Metrograph The title promises the universe. And even though the final film by the late Andrzej Žuławski restricts itself to our terrestrial sphere, it at the very least feels, like so much of the inimitable Polish director's work, as if it was beamed in from another galaxy. Stateside, Žuławski is probably best known for putting Isabelle Adjani through some self-induced-aborting/Carlo-Rambaldi-creature-fucking escapades in 1981's batshit adultery drama Possession. That...
The news of Andrzej Żuławski’s death comes just as a sidebar retrospective of his work commences at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Film Comment Selects. Żuławski, who prior to his latest film, Cosmos (2015), had kept away from filmmaking for fifteen years, had been undergoing an intensive cancer treatment. He passed away on the night of February 16th. Born in Lviv, Ukraine, Żuławski, like many of his generation, was impacted by the trauma of...

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