Directed by Ireneusz Dobrowolski; produced by Leonardo DiCaprio and his father George DiCaprio, the images of Szukalski’s art featured in the trailer for Struggle – The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski really grabbed my attention.
Whilst teaching us about the story of Poland’s greatest artist who also happens to be unknown by most, Dobrowolski’s documentary shares captivating imagery and closeups of Szukalsi’s work – and does this in a way that proves his genius undeniable. A genius that is no more obvious to me than at the point towards the end when we see Szukalski grinding away at a new material he’s about to turn into something highly detailed and truly special.
I enjoyed looking at all the great artwork and being introduced to the many important characters in Szukalsi’s life. A life often marked by great hardships. I didn’t learn too much about his psychology as I’d hoped but I did learn about his relationship with the DiCaprio’s and about some of the things that make him complicated and like many very talented artists, a true survivor.
The most memorable moment for me in Struggle is when Szukalski says that before starting a piece of work, he first pictures it in his mind in every detail. This moment is memorable for me because I’ve seen the detail of his work and there’s certainly plenty to picture.
Considering all the challenges throughout his life, how wonderful that Szukalski had his art and imagination to get him through. That and the great friends that entered his life, especially in the later years. Particularly Glenn Bray. Thank goodness for Glenn, the reason why Struggle is possible.
Watch it because you’re curious and to see evidence of his greatness.
Happy Film Loving