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Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski
This documentary chronicles the life of Polish-American artist Stanislav Szukalski (1893-1987) from his early years in Chicago, to his time in Poland and Los Angeles, and his artistic and political contributions to the world. (imdb)
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Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski

2018
Documentary
1h 55m
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Rated 02 Jan 2019
70
65th
There's no doubt that Szukalski was two things at once: An immensely talented artist and a fascist narcissistic piece of shit. But where does the man end and the art begin? I'm asking for Kevin Spacey.
Rated 14 Jan 2019
80
62nd
A fascinating look at a relatively unknown artist of the twentieth century. The documentary is shot well and it does a great job of focusing on the cracks and crevasses of the sculpture and art of Szukalski. I would say that the main focus of the documentary is the awesome art of this brass Polish artist. But, with all artists we have to look at the person behind the art to really get a glimpse into the meaning. Szukalski is a complicated man, like any, he lived a long life of happiness and pain
Rated 02 Mar 2019
83
76th
A compelling and very well-made documentary - a portrait of an enigmatic man and outsider artist that is as fond as it is unflinching. I found it challenging, inspiring and moving, and I will be thinking about it for a long time. Szukalski could have vanished from all knowledge but for those who befriended him and documented his work. I feel incredibly lucky that they devoted so much time and energy to both preserving his art and recounting his story. I think that is all any of us can hope for.
Rated 19 Feb 2024
60
39th
Szukalski is an extremely talented artist, who clearly belongs to the first half of the last century more than the second, but he relentlessly pursued a personal vision with extraordinary results. I'm not so sure that I actually like the sculpture (which was often shown with these stupid close ups that never give you an overall view), and while the drawings have a lot of power, what you might say are the Randian aspects are out in force. I think humans are much smaller than this.

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