The Best Old Movies On a Big Screen This Week: February 18-24

02/18/2015 8:16 AM |

How To Live

How To Live (1977)
Directed by Marcel Łoziński
A communist utopia set at a summer camp for indoctrinating young families goes very very wrong in this early full-length docudrama by Poland’s legendary documentary filmmaker Łoziński. Jacek Petrycki, the masterful cinematographer behind Krzysztof Kieślowski Camera Buff, among others, creates a tense atmosphere by alternating shots of inane camp routines and nature-trail drills with increasingly voyeuristic peeks inside the families’ lives. Łoziński introduces a number of his friends amidst unsuspecting campers, and lets rivalries get out of hand, thus catching the mad pulse of Poland’s 1970s commie culture. This is perhaps Łozinski’s most anti-establishment doc, full of sarcastic zeal. Ela Bittencourt (Feb 23, 6:30pm at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s “Film Comment Selects”)