Skolimowski wrote and stars again in this follow-up and loose sequel to Rysopis, which also follows a day and a half in the life of a disaffected hero, now a middle-weight boxer drifting across Poland hustling his way into amateur tournaments. A brooding farewell to youth, Walkover also delivers a satiric critique of Polish bureaucratic paternalism that depicts Church and State as strangely theatrical and alienating realms. Set against the ominous background of massive State-run factories, Walkover makes dramatic use of the moving camera to choreograph movement across and within the frame and to give a symbolic charge and complexity to its mise-en-scene. – HG
Little Hamlet (Hamles)Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski.
Poland, 1960, 35mm, black & white, 8 min.
An early film by Skolimowski made while a student at Lodz Film School.