Selasa, 17 Mei 2011
Adolf Zika - Jan Saudek - V pekle svych vasni raj v nedohlednu aka Jan Saudek - Trapped By His Passions No Hope For Rescue [+Extras] (2007)
Jan Saudek, Czechoslovakia’s most famous living photographer, is the subject of this often-shocking kaleidoscopic biopic by friend and colleague Adolf Zika. With an unblinking eye, Zika chronicles the drama-filled life and work of a controversial artist who, though little-known in the United States, has enjoyed international acclaim throughout his fifty-year career.
Saudek’s hand-painted, sepia-toned portraits have a nineteenth-century veneer but a decidedly postmodern sensibility. Shooting his models both clothed and unclothed, he captures now moments of exhilarating grace, now bizarrely explicit—critics might say prurient—tableaux: A woman in a filmy white gown leads two naked girls into a grim industrial landscape. A haloed baby peers with startlement over the brawny shoulders of a naked man. A nude contortionist makes like a flesh pretzel, squatting at the feet of a clothed man in an armchair. Three women dressed like bawdy-house habituées play musical instruments in one image, then appear naked, their expressions giddy and their instruments at rest, in a companion piece.
Shifting visual styles serve the story: color film reflects biographical fact, while black and white seeks to convey the artist’s inner life. But it is the candid, catch-as-catch-can footage of Saudek in his studio, full of ideals and illusions, happiness and loneliness, that reveals the genius as he emerges from behind the lens. Well-known in his own right as a fashion and commercial photographer, Zika has featured his work everywhere from Playboy to the Louvre; Jan Saudek: Trapped by His Passions, No Hope for Rescue is his feature debut.