Witold Sobocinski

Director of photography, Film instructor, Musician
This leading Polish cinematographer has worked repeatedly with such distinguished directors as Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Roman Polanski. Witold Sobocinski trained as a cameraman at the Lodz ... Read more »
Born: 10/14/1929 in Poland

Filmography

other (18)

Bronsteins Kinder 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Torrents of Spring 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Frantic 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Promised Land 1988 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Everything For Sale 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pirates 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Zjoek 1986 (Movie)

(Photography)

O-Bi, O-Ba - Koniec Cywilizacji 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Uindii 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wege in der Nacht 1978 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Szpital Przemienienia 1977 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Moja Wojna - Moja Milosc 1975 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

The Catamount Killing 1973 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sanatorium Pod Klepsydra 1972 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wesele 1971 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Zycie Rodzinne 1970 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Adventures of Gerard 1969 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hands Up! 1967 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Biography

This leading Polish cinematographer has worked repeatedly with such distinguished directors as Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Roman Polanski. Witold Sobocinski trained as a cameraman at the Lodz Film School, graduating in 1956. Even before his graduation, he was working as a lighting director and camera operator with Lodz TV, and, from 1959-1964, he worked at Czolowka Film Studios. By 1962, he was a director of photography on feature films, although it was not until Jerzy Skolimowski's "Recy do Gory/Hands Up!" (1967) that Sobocinski headed down the path of cinematography full time. He has often handled period pieces with great vibrancy. Sobocinski worked with Skolimowski again on "The Adventures of Gerard" (1970), a visually stunning, bustling spoof of the Napoleon era, and on "Torrents of Spring" (1989), an adaptation of an Ivan Turgenev story, that was full of yellow palettes. Sobocinski shared credit on Andrzej Wajda's "Ziemia Obiecana/Land of Promise" (1975), which earned an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Film.

Sobocinski graduated from the Lodz school a few years before Roman Polanski, but the two filmmakers had become acquainted. It was not until "Pirates" (1986), however, that they worked together. Robust in its look, the film was made in the Panavision wide-screen process and was a visual treat. Sobocinski worked with Polanski again two years later on "Frantic" (1988), which seemed almost a new direction for the cameraman with its very controlled, almost taut look and feel. More recently, Sobocinski was DP on "Bronsteins Kinder/Bronstein's Children" (1991), in which warm light bathes a tormented Jewish family in post-war Germany.

Sobocinski is also known in Poland as a jazz musician and the drummer for the country's first jazz band, Melomani. He has taught at the Lodz film school and was the father of the late cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski.

Relationships

Piotr Sobocinski

Son
born on February 3, 1958 died at age 43 on March 26, 2001

EDUCATION

Lodz Film School

1956
graduated

Milestones

1991

Was director of photography on "Bronsteins Kinder/Bronstein's Children"

1988

Reteamed with Polanski on "Frantic"

1986

Worked with long-time acquaintance Roman Polanski on "Pirates"

1975

Was one of the directors of photography on Wajda's Oscar-nominated "Ziemia Obiecana/Land of Promise"

1970

Shot Krzystof Zanussi's "Zycie Rodzinne/Family Cycle"

1967

First screen collaboration with Andrzej Wajda, "Everything for Sale/Wszystko Na Sprezedaz"

1967

First worked with director Jerzy Skolimowski on "Rece do Gory/Hands Up!"

1962

First feature as cinematographer

1959

Worked at Czolowka Film Studios as assistant cameraman, then cameraman on documentary films

Before graduation, began professional training as a lighting director and cameraman with Lodz TV

Bonus Trivia

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In 1977, Sobocinski was awarded a prize by the Polish Ministry of Culture and Arts for his achievements in film.

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