Screenwriter, actor and director active in early Polish post-war cinema. Born on the 5th of August, 1900 in Warsaw, died on the 19th of February, 1967, in Warsaw
As the director of the Poland's first postwar feature - Zakazane piosenki / Forbidden songs, 1947 and the country's first feature film in colour - Przygoda na Mariensztacie / Adventure at Mariendstadt, 1954, Buczkowski became one of the cornerstones of post-war cinema in Poland. Forbidden Songs bears witness to the country's quick reentry into the film industry not long after the end of the war and has established itself as a classic among movies depicting the German occupation and the struggle of Poles to retain their persoanl freedom. The main protagonist of the the film are the patriotic songs that helped upkeep their spirits. His 1949 film Skarb / Treasure was the first Polish post-war comedy.
Buczkowski made his directorial debut in 1928 with the war-drama Szalency. He is known for making the most expensive films in pre-war Poland such as Gwiaździsta eskadra / The starry squadron in 1930. The film is a love story between a Polish girl and an American volunteer pilot from the No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron who fought in the ranks of the Polish Army in 1918-1920. It is alleged that all the copies of the film have been destroyed or taken away by the Soviet authorities after 1945. Until the outbreak of WWII, Buczkowski went on to make around six other films, he also appeared in several productions.
Leonard Buczkowski studied acting at the Stanisława Wysocka Drama Film Studio and the Wiktor Biegański Institute (1920-1922) – whom he later joined as assistant director. During the Polish-Soviet war, he was a military pilot in 1919 and 1920.
1966 Marysia i Napoleon / Maria and Napoleon
1964 Przerwany lot / Interrupted Flight
1961 Czas przeszły / Time past
1959 Orzeł / Eagle
1958 Deszczowy lipiec / Rainy July
1956 Sprawa pilota Maresza / The case of pilot maresz
1954 Przygoda na Mariensztacie / Adventure at Mariendstadt
1947 Zakazane piosenki / Forbidden songs
1945 Łódź 1939-1945
1942 Testament profesora Wilczura / Professor Wilczur's will
1939 Biały Murzyn / The white negro
1936 Straszny dwór
1935 Rapsodia Bałtyku / Baltic rhapsody
1932 Szyb L-23
1930 Gwiaździsta eskadra / The starry squadron
Editor: Marta Jazowska