Masters Revival Series - The rediscovery of forgotten Polish-Jewish composers
The first in the series dedicated to composers whose biographies and works have been affected by WWII and the Holocaust.
Our aim was to present a personal portrait of Szymon Laks and to give new life to his compositions. By integrating his music with contemporary images we wanted to show the relevance of his works in the present day.
We are looking for funds to complete the presentation of Szymon Laks' achievements. There is rich material waiting to be available for the general-public; there is music to discover and to bring back to life, and interviews to conduct - just to highlight Laks' impact upon contemporary musicians and researchers.
We would like to make the following material available on--line:
Szymon Laks' book about his three years in Auschwitz, which gave insight into the role music played in the German concentration camps. In French: "Musiques d'un autre monde", written with René Coudy,1948. In English: "Music from Another World", 1989. In Polish: "Gry Oświęcimskie", 1998.
His correspondence with some of the leading figures of the post-war cultural life in Poland and abroad - which included letters to Jerzy Giedroyc and Gustaw Herling--Grudziński.
His soundracks composed for French films - an unknown number exist in the International Federation of Film Archives.
The recently-discovered screenplay 'Man in the Know', by Szymon Laks & Jean-Luc Terrex.
His literary polemics and commentaries: "Episodes, Epigrams, Epistles." (1979), "Poloniki, Polemics, Politics" (1977), "Words and Anti-words" (1978), "Tarnishing the Holiness" (1980).
All rights Reserved, Apple Republic Films 2012
Interviews by: Natalia Laska
Camera, sound & edit: Grant Hennessy
With Kind Thanks to:
Bossey & Hawkes