The Blue Note

Film stills

– Jis miršta.

– Visai nieko, reiktų kiek daugiau cukraus ir cinamono.

One summer day of 1864, George Sand (by Marie-France Pisier) hosts a party for her friends, amongst them - a painter Eugene Delacroix, opera singer Pauline Viardot, her lover, Russian writer Ivan Turgenev and her ill longtime lover Frederic Chopin (by Janusz Olejniczak). The figures of art history are depicted mercilessly: they are all egocentric, petty opportunists, torn by a decadent passion, ecstatic, even comic. As opposed to them, Chopin is portrayed as a misunderstood genius at the end of his life.

The film about the fate of an expatriate seems to be an attempt of Zulawski, himself an expatriate from Poland, to contemplate his own destiny.

An important part of the film is the score comprised of the  compositions by Frederic Chopin, performed by a Polish pianist Janusz Olejniczak.

Andrzej Zulawski

Andrzej Żuławski was born in 1940 in Poland, and grew up between Warsaw and Paris. After finishing school, he studied Cinema in Paris. He then returned to Poland to become an assistant of the prominent Andrzej Wajda. His first full-length feature, The Third Part of The Night (1971), was widely acclaimed and earned many international prizes. As the career grew, he had difficulties with the Soviet regime, eventually facing censorship for his film The Devil (1972), and decided to return to France. The film Possession (1981) was selected for the official competition at the Cannes Film Festival. He also directed films Mad Love (1985), My Nights Are More Beautiful Than Your Days (1989), Fidelity (2000) and Cosmos (2015).