Lech Majewski

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Majewski in 2013

Lech Majewski (pronounced [maˈjɛfski], ‘Ma-yev-ski’[1]) (born 30 August 1953) is a Polish film and theatre director, writer, poet, and painter.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Katowice, Poland, Majewski studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. In the 1970s, he then studied at the National Film School in Łódź, notably as a student of Wojciech Has, who taught Majewski directing. In the early 80s, after completing The Knight and as martial law was declared in Poland, Majewski emigrated to England and then to the United States, where he lived for most of the late Communist era.[citation needed]

Majewski is a dual U.S.-Polish citizen, and travels often between those and other countries.[citation needed]

He is a member of the American and European film academies and the Polish International PEN.[citation needed]

Majewski speaks fluent, and excellent, English, but often works with English-speaking natives on his script.[citation needed] That was the initial role that Julian Schnabel had on Basquiat, before Majewski abandoned the project and Schnabel took it over.[citation needed]

In 2006, the Museum of Modern Art in New York City hosted a retrospective of Majewski's work.[citation needed] This was their first ever full retrospective of a Polish filmmaker, and one of their only ever mid-career retrospectives.[citation needed] For that program, Majewski created the film eventually called Glass Lips, though initially it was known as Blood of a Poet.[citation needed]


  • Zwiastowanie (1978)
  • The Knight (Rycerz) (1980)
  • The Flight of the Spruce Goose (Lot Świerkowej Gęsi) (1986)
  • The Prisoner of Rio (Więzień Rio) (1988), produced between England and Brazil, a fictionalized story of Ronnie Biggs, mastermind of The Great Train Robbery of 1963
  • The Gospel According to Harry (Ewangelia według Harry'ego) (1992)
  • Basquiat (developed project, eventually credited as co-writer and co-producer) (1996)
  • The Roe's Room (Pokój Saren) (1998)
  • Wypadek (1998)
  • Wojaczek (aka Life Hurts) (1999)
  • Angelus (2001)
  • The Garden of Earthly Delights (2003)
  • Glass Lips (2007) (feature film version of the Blood of a Poet installation (2006))
  • The Mill and the Cross (2011)
  • Field of Dogs (2014)
  • Valley of the Gods (2019)[2]


The original version of this article was an adaptation of Google’s machine-translation of this version (2007-02-15) of the German Wikipedia article de:Lech Majewski.

  1. ^ "Film Series: Cigarettes and cinema". The Peak. Archived from the original on 2010-03-11. Retrieved 2007-02-15.
  2. ^ "Majewski's latest film The Valley of the Gods and its all-star cast to premiere at Gdynia film festival". Retrieved 2019-09-18.

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