The Big Animal
Dir. Jerzy Stuhr
On DVD 04/16/10
The Big Animal (Duze Zwierze), scripted by the late Krzysztof Kieslowski and shot in shimmering black-and-white by cinematographer Pawel Edelman (Academy Award® nominee for Roman Polanski's The Pianist) is a lovely, small film that exposes greed and pettiness while celebrating the most beautiful human themes: Love, friendship and tolerance.
When the circus leaves town, Zygmunt Sawicki and his wife Marysia unwittingly adopt a camel into their family. The couple quickly forms a close bond with the nameless camel. At first the townspeople, too, are enthralled with the giant animal, since it is a welcome distraction from their everyday routine. As the bond between the couple and their camel grows stronger, the town-people suddenly begin to ostracize them...
Renowned filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski (The Decalogue, Three Colors Trilogy) wrote the screenplay (based on the novel, Wielblad, by Kazimierz Orlos) in the 1970s, at the height of political oppression and social upheaval during the Communist era. This hothouse environment cultivated Poland's Cinema of Moral Anxiety and subversive criticism through the arts when it was difficult to speak openly. Mr. Kieslowki's friend Elzbieta Scotti safeguarded the script of The Big Animal and after his death, returned it to his widow.
Jerzy Stuhr (18 Apr 1947 - ) is an influential Polish actor, filmmaker, and academic. He collaborated with legendary filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski on many projects, including The Scar, Camera Buff, The Decalogue, and Three Colors: White.
Directed by Jerzy Stuhr Written by Krzysztof Kieslowski Produced by Slawomir Rogowski Cinematography by Pawel Edelman Edited by Elzbieta Kurkowska Sound by Nikodem Wolk-Laniewski
Theatrical press kit.
Controlled Testimonies - 2002, 30'54" - interview with Jerzy Stuhr.
Film Chronicle: The Making of The Big Animal (11 minutes)
Catalog Number: Mile00104