(English) Komeda – A Soundtrack for a Life

Krzysztof Komeda – doctor, jazz pianist and film composer. As a jazz pianist he gained cult-status in Poland. As a film composer he made it into Hollywood’s first ranks. In the 1950s and 1960s Komeda composes music for more than 60 films. One recognizes Komeda’s experience as a jazz musician immediately from listening to some of these soundtracks. With compositions like the lullaby for “Rosemary´s Baby” from Roman Polanski, Komeda succeeded in writing his own chapter in the history of soundtracks.

Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy’s film essay follows the dramatic life story of the musician and film composer Komeda by the means of the melodic sounds of Komeda’s music. The film essay KOMEDA – A SOUNDTRACK FOR A LIFE 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 Polish artist in the 50s and 60s. A story about how film music is created and how it affects people.

With: Henning Carlsen, Henryk Grynberg, Andrzej Krakowski, Krzysztof Komeda, Zofia Komeda, Jørgen Leth, Irena Orlowska, Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, Witold Sobocinski, Tomasz Stanko, Roslaw Szaybo, Andrzej Wajda

© 2009/2010 / 52 min.
Production: Benedikt Pictures
In co-production with: Studio Filmowe KALEJDOSKOP, ZDF/ARTE, TVP, YLE, SF, DR, wave-line
Script/Director: Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy
Camera: René Dame, Andreas Höfer, Jósef Romasz, Vivien Vogel
Editing: Martin Duffy
Producer: Julian Benedikt
Line Producer: Monika Kintner
Production Manager: Stephanie Lehmann
Funding: MEDIA, Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, DEFA Stiftung
Format: HD / 16:9 / Color
International Distribution: C Major Entertainment www.cmajor-entertainment.com