No 1 (89) 2012
January - March

The Horror According to Malinowski

Before Jacek Malinowski turned to making movies, he had pursued installation, photography and sculpture. The new medium has provided an opportunity to develop more complex works.

Kaja Werbanowska

B. in 1985. Art historian. She publishes texts on contemporary art.

Kaja Werbanowska

THE WORKS THAT OFFER INNER LOGIC, A CERTAIN MOOD AND STRUCTURE while at the same time grasping words, time and sounds. Malinowski has presented a remake of two adaptations based on "Dracula" by Bram Stoker: "Nosferatu - A Symphony of Horror" (directed by Wilhelm Murnau, 1922) and "Nosferatu - The Vampire" (directed by Werner Herzog, 1979). The premiere of "Nosferatu. The Dictator of Fear" took place in September 2011 in the Ochota Theater, then it was showed at the Warsaw Foksal Gallery.

"Nosferatu. The Dictator of Fear" is not a typical story about adventures of the count from Transylvania. The remake by Malinowski has focused on the character of Dracula. Though the artist has borrowed from the horror tradition, his movie is rather a documentary. It is composed of two parts. The first, entitled "Berlin" refers to the film by Murnau and German expressionism of the 20's. The film starts at dawn, in a complete darkness, and closes in a full light. One can see Sean Palmer starring as Nosferatu who is walking around, or rather lurking and hiding in the alleys marking the space of the Berlin Holocaust Monument. The plot of the second part ("Warschau") moves to Warsaw, the monster's hiding place. As it has been in the first part, it opens with the character plunged into darkness, then he is gradually presented in a daylight. He is involved in a dialogue with the "camera eye"; about space, travels, and a penchant for war and blood.

Jacek Malinowski has slipped into his movie a good dollop of history and showed that one should look for the "horror" rather in the past and surrounding reality, than in the books and movies.

Jacek Malinowski, "Nosferatu. The Dictator of Fear", the Foksal Gallery, Warsaw, January - February 2012.