Walerian Borowczyk

Animator, Director, Screenwriter
A well-known Polish animator, screenwriter and director, Walerian Borowczyk (pronounced bo-rov-chick) began his career creating experimental animated shorts while earning a living as a graphic artist. Little is known of ... Read more »
Born: 10/21/1923 in Poland

Filmography

Writer (19)

Ceremonie d'amour 1988 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Emmanuelle 5 1987 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Art d'Aimer 1982 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes 1980 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Lulu 1979 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Collections Privees 1978 (Movie)

dialogue("L'armoire") (Writer (dialogue))

Collections Privees 1978 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Collections Privees 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Les Heroines du Mal 1978 (Movie)

adaptation (Writer (adaptation))

Les Heroines du Mal 1978 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Les Heroines du Mal 1978 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

L' Interno di un Convento 1977 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

L' Interno di un Convento 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Dzieje Grzechu 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Marge 1975 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

La Bete 1974 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Contes Immoraux 1973 (Movie)

dialogue (Writer (dialogue))

Contes Immoraux 1973 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Blanche 1970 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Director (14)

Dom 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Ceremonie d'amour 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Emmanuelle 5 1987 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Art d'Aimer 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes 1980 (Movie)

(Director)

Lulu 1979 (Movie)

(Director)

Collections Privees 1978 (Movie)

("L'srmoire") (Director)

Les Heroines du Mal 1978 (Movie)

(Director)

L' Interno di un Convento 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Dzieje Grzechu 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

La Marge 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

La Bete 1974 (Movie)

(Director)

Contes Immoraux 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

Blanche 1970 (Movie)

(Director)
Editor (3)

L' Interno di un Convento 1977 (Movie)

(Editor)

La Bete 1974 (Movie)

(Editor)

Contes Immoraux 1973 (Movie)

(Editor)
Art Department (2)

Docteur Jekyll et les femmes 1980 (Movie)

(Set Designer)

Contes Immoraux 1973 (Movie)

art direction (Art Director)

Biography

A well-known Polish animator, screenwriter and director, Walerian Borowczyk (pronounced bo-rov-chick) began his career creating experimental animated shorts while earning a living as a graphic artist. Little is known of his early life beyond the few facts that his father was a painter and he was a teenager when Germany annexed Poland in 1939. Some critics have conjectured that the latter event might been the source of his films' thematic use of random brutality, a nostalgia for a more Edenic past (usually represented through art works) and a commingling of militaristic and religious symbols.

Relationships

Ligia Brancie

Wife

EDUCATION

Academy of Fine Arts

1946 - 1951
made amatuer documentary film shorts

Milestones

1988

Last feature to date "Ceremonie d'amour/Rites of Love"

1974

Found popular success with "Contes immoraux/Immoral Tales"

1968

Live-action feature directing debut (also writer), "Goto, l'ile d'amour/Goto, Island of Love"

1967

Animated feature directing debut (also writer; designer; sound effects; animator), "Le Theatre de Monsieur et Madame Kabal"

1966

Made the live-action short "Rosalie", starring his wife Ligia Branice

1963

Directed the acclaimed short "Renaissance"

1959

Collaborated with Chris Marker on "Les Astronautes"

1958

Settled in Paris, France

1954

Made two documentaries, "Photographies vivantes" and "L'Atelier de Fernand Leger" on trip to Paris

1951

Worked as a lithographer and poster designer in Cracow

Made silent experimental shorts, drawing and painting directly on film

Reteamed with Jan Lenica for two films

Moved to Warsaw; designed film posters; met Jan Lenica

Returned to Poland to film "Dzieje Grzechu/Story of a Sin" (1975)

Co-wrote and co-directed with Lenica first five animated shorts; debut, "Byl sobie raz/Once Upon a Time" (1957)

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