Documentary Films

Through a unique collaboration with Illuminated Productions, The Arthur Szyk Society is proud to have contributed to the production of three original documentary films about the artist Arthur Szyk. The Society also consulted on filmmaker Piotr Zarȩbski’s 2005 “Arthur Szyk — Illuminator.” Please see the Film & Broadcast section of our Educational Materials page for more information.

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Father John Pawlikowski Reflects: Nostra Aetate and Arthur Szyk

We are very pleased to announce our latest film.  In this short documentary film, Father John Pawlikowski discusses the dynamic interface between the Catholic Church, Arthur Szyk, and the Holocaust. Focusing on the concepts of individual agency and the application of spirituality in taking responsibility for human history, Pawlikowski places Szyk at the center of the discourse of confronting ideologies. The Revered John R. Pawlikowski is a longstanding member of the Honorary Board of The Arthur Szyk Society, and is also the Chair of the NCCHE Advisory Board. For more information on Father John T. Pawlikowski please see our Fall 2015 Newsletter.




Other movies about Arthur Szyk


Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk

Journey through Szyk’s art guided by a musical score created especially for this 10-minute film by composer Richard Friedman. Be sure to turn the volume way up from the beginning! And feel free to share with your friends!

Directed by Jim Ruxin and produced by Irvin Ungar, “Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk” is a four-part suite interpreting Szyk’s visual commentary on American democracy, the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust, and the rebirth of the Jewish people in the Land of Israel. Together, the images and music express the essence of Szyk’s activism for freedom, dignity, and the human soul.

It was shown at 9 film festivals on 3 continents in 2014. It also had a week-long run at the Laemmle Theatre in Los Angeles. Its venues included Cleveland, OH, Palm Beach, FL, Providence, RI, Palm Springs, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Philadelphia, PA, New York City, Berlin, Germany, and Melbourne and Sydney, Australia.

all 3 800 px wide

In Every Generation: Remaking the Szyk Haggadah

This video is a portion of the documentary film, “In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah (Historicana and JKR Productions, 2008), directed by Emmy-nominated Jim Ruxin.

Drawn and first published during the rise of Hitler, the Passover Haggadah of Polish-Jewish artist Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) is a triumphant and enduring work of hope and courage, and the supreme expression of one artist’s love for his people and his heritage. The luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah, limited to only 300 copies, is a landmark of Jewish art and culture.

 

See the other parts of this documentary on szyk.com.


Arthur Szyk: Soldier in Art

[This film is to be distinguished from the film with a similar name, “Solider in Art: Arthur Szyk”.]

This film documents the introduction of the artist Arthur Szyk (b. 1894 Łódź, Poland – d. 1951 New Canaan, Connecticut, pronounced “Shick”) to a group of students and teachers at the Mercer Island High School in Seattle, Washingon. Irvin Ungar, curator of the Arthur Szyk Society encourages the students to share their reaction to work that is as vivid, profound, and worthy of discussion today as it was over 60 years ago.

Directed by: Jim Ruxin
Produced by: Jim Ruxin and Irvin Ungar


Facing History, an interview with Society curator Irvin Ungar

 


Arthur Szyk: Cartoon Crusader

Rare live footage of the artist Arthur Szyk at work (Universal Pictures, 1946).


Shalom Sabar at the Library of Congress: The Washington Haggadah and The Szyk Haggadah.

This video is a portion of the documentary film, “In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah (Historicana and JKR Productions, 2008), directed by Emmy-nominated Jim Ruxin.

Drawn and first published during the rise of Hitler, the Passover Haggadah of Polish-Jewish artist Arthur Szyk (1894-1951) is a triumphant and enduring work of hope and courage, and the supreme expression of one artist’s love for his people and his heritage. The luxury limited edition of The Szyk Haggadah, limited to only 300 copies, is a landmark of Jewish art and culture.

See the other parts of this documentary on szyk.com.


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