"Soundtracks from Henning Carlsen movies"
We present you with the music to the three
Scandinavian films composed and performed by Krzysztof Komeda for the
Dutch director Hening Carlsen.
Carlsen wished the Polish actress Lidia Korsakówna had starred the
film. He had seen her in a film by Jerzy Passendorfer called Wyrok.
Unfortunately Lidia Korsakówna’s husband, the Polish actor
Kazimierz Brusikiewicz mistook the filmmaking in Scandinavia for the
Hollywood production and demanded $12,000, which was a staggering sum
of money in Denmark and Sweden (this was a Danish and Swedish
cooproduction). Komeda himself got $1,300 for the whole score and
recording. Well, yes, the dollars are different now as the pairs of
Levis jeans I bought for myself, Krzysztof and our son cost $2,30 each
and another pair of jeans for myself, the white jeans I couldn’t
resist - $2,60. It’s a pity Lidia Korsakówna did not take part
in the film.
The next film from
1966 called Sult (Hunger), based on the Norwegian writer Knut Hamsun, winner of
the Nobel Prize was autobiographic in character. The main character
was played by a Swedish Oscar-winning actor, a great eccentric (unfortunately
I can’t remember his name after the 40 years that have passed
since then). In order to prepare himself for the role he walked all
the way from Stockholm to Oslo where the film was set, living on
whatever he could find on the way. In the film Oslo bore its older
name Kristiana as the film was set in those days.
the production of the film as the writer, a Nobel Prize winner was a
great supporter of Hitler during the WW2, so ardent that he forced his
young son to join Wehrmacht. We were afraid the film would be
boycotted but it was a big success. It was also shown in Poland with a
beautiful poster by Waldemar Świerzy. The poster had been made
earlier in Copenhagen and it was Krzysztof who came up with it. The
poster was spread in Scandinavia sending the public into raptures
wherever it was displayed. It can still be seen in the Museum of
Poster in Wilanów near Warsaw.
The other film from
1967 was called The People. Longish titles were in fashion then and in Polish
translation the title was People
meet up and the sweet music of love starts nesting in their hearts.
The film starred the Swedish actress Harriet Anderson. The soundtrack
also includes the dialogues and in the background you will hear
film with Carlson was to be made at the turn of 1969 and in winter
1968 music to a film by Jerzy Skolimowski was to be made in Rome. In
1969 Komeda died in Warsaw. I had only managed to transport him to his
homeland dying. He was buried at Powązki Cemetry in Warsaw.