Andrzej Munk (born October 16, 1921, died September 20, 1961) – a Polish film and theatre director, a representative of the so-called “Polish school of cinematography,” a documentary film-maker.
In 1947 he started his studies at the National Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź. In 1951 he graduated as a director, although originally he wanted to become a cameraman. He was connected with the Łódź Film School also later. In the period 1957-61 he was a lecturer there.
For five years following his graduation he was employed at the Documentary Film Studio, first as a cameraman of the Polish Newsreel, and then as a director of documentaries.
Andrzej Munk’s feature films are characterized by his unique, innovative approach to the issue of Polish heroism and the national mythology. In contrast to Andrzej Wajda, Munk presented the most important problems of the post-war reality with a detached eye of a documentary film-maker. His method of developing characters or the narrative often resulted in his films’ bordering on satire or grotesque and Bad Luck (Polish: Zezowate szczęście) was even made in a comedy style.
Andrzej Munk died on the 20th of September 1961 in a car crash near Łomża. He was buried at the Powązki Military Cemetery in Warsaw.
Since 1965 the Film School in Łódź has been awarding the best debutants of the year the Andrzej Munk Prize.