Komeda - A Soundtrack for a Life

Director: Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy

written and directed by Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy music by Krzysztof Komeda, A. M. Hornschuh directors of photography Anderas Hofer, Józef Romasz edited by Eva Will sound by Mateusz Adamczak produced by Benedict Pictures; Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop, ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, e-mail: studio@kalejdoskop.art.pl; co-produced by TVP; ZDF/ARTE; SF Schweizer Fernsehen producers Julian Benedict (Germany), Wojciech Szczudło (Poland), Matthies Berhrens co-financed by Polish Film Institute

BETA Digital, colour, 52′
Germany / Poland 2009

A film essay about music and its impact on the life of the artist Krzysztof Komeda Trzciński – doctor, jazz pianist, and film music composer. He created world renowned jazz standards and wrote original music for Roman Polański’s Knife in the Water (Nóż w wodzie), Cul-de-sac and Rosemary’s Baby. Komeda, an icon of artistic opposition in communist Poland, died in Warsaw in 1969 at the age of 38, after a tragic accident in Los Angeles.


This documentary also explores attitudes towards the social, political and cultural changes that took place in Poland after the Second World War, and discusses the works and massive emigration of Polish artists in the 1950s and 1960s.