Wojciech Has

Active - 1948 - 2000  |   Born - Apr 1, 1925 in Krak√≥w, Polska  |   Died - Oct 3, 2000   |   Genres - Drama, War

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Polish filmmaker Wojciech Has has always stayed away from becoming too associated with any particular cinematic school of thought and has still managed to become one of his country's best directors. Born and raised in Cracow, Has completed studies at the Cracow Film Institute and at a school of fine arts. In 1948, he began directing short films and over the next ten years became known for his short and mid-length fictional features, and documentaries. In 1958, Has made his feature-length debut with the successful and acclaimed The Noose. Subsequent films have become known for their nostalgia, and they frequently chronicle the life journeys of specific characters. His first films were evocative and small in scope giving viewers a sense of intimacy. In the mid-'60s Has began expanding his films and focusing on historical epics that include The Saragossa Manuscript (1964) one of his best known films in the West. Has was appointed director of the Leon Schiller Lodz Film School in 1981.

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  • Po rozwiązaniu Szkoły Przemysłu Artystycznego przez krótki czas pracował w kopalni, a potem w dziale graficznym wydawnictwa.
  • W 1946 roku rozpoczął pracę w Wytwórni Filmów Dokumentalnych w Warszawie.
  • Jego debiutem fabularnym był film Harmonia z 1947 roku.
  • W latach 1989-1990 był dziekanem wydziału reżyserii szkoły filmowej w Łodzi.
  • Bohaterowie jego filmów byli często outsiderami, którzy nie mogli odnaleźć sobie miejsca w życiu.
  • Swoją trzecią żonę, Wandę Ziembicką poznał na planie Lalki.
  • Mówił, że jego filmy są snami.