Krzysztof Komeda, A Soundtrack For A Life

Portrait of the jazz pianist and film composer

Soundtrack composer and jazz musician Krzysztof Komeda remembered by his colleagues and friends.

With compositions like the lullaby for Rosemary´s Baby from Roman Polanski, Komeda succeeded in writing his own chapter in the history of soundtracks. As a Jazz musician he gained cult-status in Poland. As a film composer he made it into Hollywood's first ranks. But his career came to a sudden end.

This film essay is a reflection on Komeda's soundtracks, which changed the common film scores forever. It is a contemporary document about the attitude to life in a time of social, political and cultural change after war, about work and exodus of a Polish artist in the 50s and 60s.

Directors who worked with Komeda and who are also friends will talk about him: Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, Henning Carlsen and Andrzej Wajda. His wife, Zofia Komeda, and his sister, Irena Orlowska, remember him.

Krzysztof Komeda composer

Movie director : Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy
Collection : Contemporary Music
Musical period : Contemporary music

Duration : 52 min
Production date : 2010
Production : © Benedikt Pictures
Available version(s) : VI

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