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Also Known As: Yurek Skolimowski Died:
Born: May 5, 1938 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Poland Profession: director, screenwriter, poet, playwright, actor, short story writer, amateur boxer

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A sporadic yet highly inventive and original filmmaker, Skolimowski is one of the few directors from the Eastern Bloc to earn a widespread reputation in the West. He attended the University of Warsaw, studying anthropology, history and literature. Early on he proved to be a young man of many talents; he not only published a number of short stories and two volumes of poetry, but was also a practicing jazz musician.

A sporadic yet highly inventive and original filmmaker, Skolimowski is one of the few directors from the Eastern Bloc to earn a widespread reputation in the West. He attended the University of Warsaw, studying anthropology, history and literature. Early on he proved to be a young man of many talents; he not only published a number of short stories and two volumes of poetry, but was also a practicing jazz musician.

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DIRECTOR:

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  30 Door Key (1992) Director
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  Ferdydurke (1991) Director
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  Torrents Of Spring (1989) Director
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  Lightship, The (1985) Director
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  Moonlighting (1982) Director
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  The Shout (1978) Director
10.
  King, Queen, Knave (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 Avengers, The (2012)
2.
 Eastern Promises (2007)
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 Before Night Falls (2001) Professor
4.
 L.A. Without a Map (1998) Minister
5.
 Mars Attacks! (1996) Dr Zeigler
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 Torrents Of Spring (1989) Victor Victorovich
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 Big Shots (1987) Doc
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 White Nights (1985) Colonel Chaiko
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 Circle Of Deceit (1982) Hoffman
10.
 Moonlighting (1982) Boss
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1959:
Debut as co-screenwriter, "Innocent Sorcerors" (with Andrzej Wajda)
1960:
Directed three short films: "Menacing Eye," "Little Hamlet" and "Erotic"
1961:
Collaborated on screenplay of "Knife in the Water" with Roman Polanski; directed medium-length film, "Boxing"
1964:
Debut as feature director, "Rysopsis" (composition of earlier short films gathered together with narration); Skolimowski also acted
1967:
Directed first French-language film, "Le Depart/The Departure"
1967:
Film "Hands Up!" banned by Polish authorities
1968:
Contributed the segment, "The Twenty Year Olds" to the Czech-produced portmanteau film, "Dialóg 20-40-60" helmed by three different directors (with Zbynek Brynych and Peter Solan)
1970:
Directed "Deep End" his second non-Polish feature to be based on his own original screenplay
1972:
Directed the film adaptation of "King, Queen, Knave" starring Gina Lollobrigida, David Niven and John Moulder-Brown
1978:
Directed Alan Bates in "The Shout," a film based on a short story by Robert Graves
1982:
Wrote and directed "Moonlighting" a film set in the early 1980s at the time of the Solidarity protests in Poland and starring Jeremy Irons; critically and commercially his most successful film
1985:
Played a KGB Colonel, opposite Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gregory Hines in "White Nights"
1985:
Helmed his first US production, "The Lightship," adapted from a novella by the German writer Siegfried Lenz
1989:
Directed an adaptation of the novella by the Russian Ivan Turgenev, "Torrents of Spring" starring Timothy Hutton, Nastassja Kinski and Valeria Golino
1996:
Acted in the Tim Burton comedy, "Mars Attacks!"
2000:
Co-starred in director Julian Schnabel's feature adaptation of "Before Night Falls" Starring Javier Bardem
2007:
Co-starred with Viggo Mortensen in director David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises"
2008:
Returned to writing and directing with "Four Nights With Anna"
2010:
Directed Vincent Gallo and Emmanuelle Seigner in "Essential Killing"
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Education

Warsaw University: - 1959
Lodz Film School: - 1964

Bibliography close complete biography

"Somewhere Near Yourself"
"The Axe and the Sky"

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