STS 58

Brief, early inside-look at Warsaw’s Studencki Teatr Satyroków (Satirist’s Student Theatre), which existed 1954-70. Original title: STS 58

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More filmed curiosity than accomplished documentary short, but not without its cinematic moments—including gentle touches of cinéma vérité. It’s the rehearsals that are the most entertaining, however: young faces that would age into successful acting-or-other careers performing satirical songs and sketches. There’s also a brief sequence about censorship (the show didn’t go on), but it seems more afterthought than incision. Overall, much like a time capsule, it’s value depends on being opened in the future.

STS 58 ain’t curtains.

Agnieszka Osiecka, 1958

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