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Witold Stok


The author of the article, one of the acclaimed Polish cinematographers, describes his practical eforts involved in making two short documentary films on Holocaust directed by him. The first one,
Sonderzug (1978), was based on Stok’s idea to recreate his first emotional reaction to the landscape around Treblinka in the film that lasts 9 minutes, as long as the way of the Jews from the ramp to their end in the death camp. The other film, Prayer (1981), is the portrayal of a Japanese Buddhist monk praying at the site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. The formal inspiration of the film came from Japanese visual art.


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Stok, W. (2021). Shimmer and whisper. Images. The International Journal of European Film, Performing Arts and Audiovisual Communication, 30(39), 313-322.
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Witold Stok

Witold Stok BSC – cinematographer and director of documentary films, co-creator of several dozen films made in Poland and Great Britain. The cinematographer for such films as Refrain (1972), The Bricklayer (1973), Personnel (1975), From the Night Porter’s Point of View (1977), Seven Women of Different Ages (1978) and The Railway Station (1980) by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Don’t Cry (1972) ) by Grzegorz Królikiewicz, Happy end (1973), Front Collision (1975), The Touch (1978) and Matriculation (1979) by Marcel Łoziński, Excuse Me, Is It Here They Beat Up People? (1976) by Marek Piwowski, The Grave Case of Charlie Chaplin (1994) and The
Stringer (1998) by Paweł Pawlikowski, as well as Mall Girls (2009) by Katarzyna Rosłaniec and Filip Bajon’s Maiden Vows (2010). He is the author of such documentaries as Time Falls (1977), Saints Don’t Want to Talk to Me (1978), Sonderzug - Special Train (1978), One of Us (1979), Prayer (1981), A Film About Grandma (1982).