MR BLOT’S ACADEMY

Krzysztof Gradowski

Poland with USSR co-production, 1984

SYNOPSIS

Young Adaś Niezgódka begins education in the mysterious Academy. The school is led by wizard Mr. Kleks, with assistance of intelligent starling Mateusz.

THE DIRECTOR

Krzysztof Gradowski

Born in 1943. In 1967 he graduated in Directing from the Polish National Film School in Łódź. He is a documentary, feature and animated films director and a screenwriter. In 1990 he became the Chairman of the Academy of Polish Television and Film Directors. He is also a member of the Polish Film Academy.

FILMOGRAPHY

  • Akt oskarżenia (1968)
  • Polonez (1969)
  • “Konsul” i inni (1970)
  • Święty Mikołaj pilnie poszukiwany (1974)
  • Dla dobra sprawy (1974)
  • Obrazki z życia (1975)
  • Dno (1976)
  • Deja vu czyli skąd my to znamy (1977)
  • City (1978)
  • Akademia druha Kieruzalskiego (1978)
  • Order uśmiechu (1979)
  • Wizyta – reportaż z kosmosu (1979)
  • Super strip-tease (1980)
  • Z ostatniej chwili (1980)
  • Ptaki i środki masowego przekazu (1981)
  • Człowiek, który zatrzymał Anglię (1982)
  • Akademia pana Kleksa (1983)
  • Bez pieniędzy czyli 24 godziny z życia Jana Himilsbacha (1984)
  • Adaptacja. Gra planszowa dla wszystkich. (1984)
  • Podróże pana Kleksa (1985)
  • Pan Kleks w kosmosie (1988)
  • Dzieje mistrza Twardowskiego (1995)
  • Tryumf pana Kleksa (1999)

DETAILS

Director: Krzysztof Gradowski

Script: Krzysztof Gradowski based on the novel by Jan Brzechwa

Cinematography:   Zygmunt Samosiuk

Editing:  Teresa Miziołek

Music:  Andrzej Korzyński

Color: colour

Duration: 158 min (81 + 77 min)

Cast:  Piotr Fronczewski (Mr. Ambroży Kleks), Leon Niemczyk (Filip, The Barber), Sławomir Wronka (Adaś Niezgódka)

REFERENCES

‘(…) This movie is definitely worth watching and worth showing to your children. Although the FX seem somewhat outdated, they’re still quite amazing; besides, the combination of living actors and cartoon characters is a thrilling experience for kids (…)’ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086863/

‘(…)For Krzysztof Gradowski, the character of Professor Kleks was the embodiment of an ideal teacher, perhaps even too ideal to exist in the real world.. Therefore, in spite of the considerable achievements in the field of documentary film, Gradowski dreamed of moving to screen published in 1946 the book Mr. Kleks Academy. (…)’ Text from the archive of  film.org.pl.  http://film.org.pl/r/akademia-pana-kleksa-2-93588/

Memories about making the film (in pl): http://www.nostalgia.pl/akademia-pana-kleksa

More info : http://www.filmpolski.pl/fp/index.php?film=12512

Awards: 1985 Chicago International Children Film Festival  – Special Jury Award (source: http://www.filmpolski.pl)

Wikipedia:  https://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Akademia_pana_Kleksa_(film)

Imdb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086863/

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