Janusz Morgenstern Passed Away

Janusz Morgenstern. Photo by Marcin Kułakowski, Polish Film Institute

Janusz Morgenstern. Photo by Marcin Kułakowski, Polish Film Institute

 

Janusz Morgernstern, acclaimed Polish director and producer, passed away early this morning at 89.

 

Longtime head of “Perspektywa” film studio. Graduated in film directing from the National Film  School in Łódź. Cooperated closely with Andrzej Wajda on Kanal (The Canal, 1956), later was Wajda’s assistant director on Popiół i diament (Diamonds and Ashes, 1958) and Lotna (Speed, 1959). Directed films such as Do widzenia, do jutra (Good Bye, Till Tomorrow, 1960), Jowita (Jovita, 1967), Trzeba zabić tę miłość (To Kill This Love, 1972), Godzina W (‘W’ Hour, 1979); also created popular television series including Kolumbowie (1970) and Polskie drogi (1977). His last film was Mniejsze zło (The Lesser of Two Evils, 2009).

 

In 2005, Morgernstern received the Gloria Artis medal for his contribution to Polish culture. In 2008, he received the Eagle Award of the Polish Film Academy for lifetime achievement, followed by the Platinum Lions award for lifetime achievement at the 35th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in 2010.

 

Translated by Karolina Kołtun

06.09.2011