For the first time Ognisko Polskie has partnered up with Kinoteka Polish Film Festival to hold two very special screenings celebrating the best in Polish cinema. Our first screening is the classic 1917 Polish silent film, ‘Bestia,' starring Pola Negri, the Polish actress who achieved worldwide fame both in Europe and Hollywood.
We will be transforming our first floor ballroom into a 1920s lounge with the screening being followed by a period-themed dance and drinks party. ‘Bestia’ will be accompanied by a live piano recital featuring pianist Artur Haftman and introduced by journalist Pamela Hutchinson, who writes for Sight & Sound, the Guardian and blogs about silent cinema at silentlondon.co.uk.
Director: Aleksander Hertz
Writer: Aleksander Hertz
Cast: Pola Negri, Witold Kuncewicz, Jan Pawlowski
Poland/USA, 1917, 47 min
Bestia, also known as The Polish Dancer, stands apart in this segment as it was released one year before the regaining of independence. This was a huge accomplishment considering it was hard to get anything made at the time. The silent film stars Pola Negri in one of her first roles as a young cabaret dancer who falls in love with a married man. He abandons his wife for her, but when Pola realises he already has a family she wants nothing to do with him. He tries to get his wife back, but it’s too late.
Kinoteka's website can be found here: VIEW
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