Modelled on the Polish Film Chronicle, the Polish Non‑Camera Chronicles, initiated in 1981, were a humorous commentary on the People’s Republic of Poland.
Antonisz was not only an acute observer of the reality of those times, but also skilfully remarked on its absurd details, presenting them through the use of grotesque drawings. The range of themes was broad — as evidenced by simply mentioning some of the titles of the ‘reports’: Polish Economy in the Clutch of Krill, Excess of Men as the Potential Cause of World War III, Is The Polish Republic Built on Disabled Workers Co‑Operatives?, Down With the Expulsion of the Foetus, Medical Breakthroughs — Cat Therapy, What Do We See Upon Receiving a Smack on the Head, Broadway Charm at a State Agricultural Farm, or A Drop in the Quality of Office Paper Clips in the Federal Republic of Germany. Antonisz’s animated documentaries gained recognition both in Poland and abroad: Polish Non‑Camera Chronicle No. 6 received the Grand Prix and the FIPRESCI Award at the 30th International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen in 1984. The artist made a total of 12 chronicles, he died in 1987 while working on the 13th episode.
Polish Non‑Camera Chronicles (Polskie Kroniki Non‑Camerowe), 1981–1987
Director: Julian Józef Antonisz
Screenwriter: Julian Józef Antonisz
DOP: Krzysztof Stawowczyk, Marek Norek
Art Direction: Julian Józef Antonisz
source: http://otwartazacheta.pl, Author: Marta Miś, text licensed under CC BY-SA