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The Wajda Family

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Andrzej Wajda Film-maker
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My principal dream was to get into the School of Fine Arts. My father used to draw a little; he left a few drawings which unfortuantely didn't survive the war. Yes, this was the impression I had that he would have enjoyed drawing if he had had the time, but he used to leave the house at 6:00 am and come back late at night because of the demands of his military duties. He therefore had little time to spend with us and we rarely saw him. I only recall a few incidents. My father was terribly punctual, terribly precise and terribly organised, if I may say so.
Moim pierwszym takim marzeniem było żeby dostać się do Akademii Sztuk Pięknych. Ojciec mój trochę rysował, zostawił jakieś rysunki, które niestety nie zachowały się. Takie miałem wrażenie, że to by było jego upodobanie, gdyby miał czas, ale ojciec wychodził rano o szóstej i wracał po nocy, bo tak wygladała slużba oficera służby liniowej, także mało się nam udzielał i rzadko kiedy byliśmy z ojcem, pamiętam własciwie tylko kilka scen. Ojciec był szalenie punktualny, szalenie dokładny, szalenie zorganizowany jeżeli bym tak mógł powiedzieć.

Polish director Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) was a towering presence in Polish cinema for six decades. His films, showing the horror of the German occupation of Poland, won awards at Cannes and established his reputation as both story-teller and commentator on Poland's turbulent history. As well as his impressive career in TV and film, he also served on the national Senate from 1989-91.

Listeners: Jacek Petrycki

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Tags: The School of Fine Art

Duration: 1 minute, 3 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008