Pisarek Family Archive

collection Pisarek Family Archive
authors Walery Pisarek
starring Józef Bal; Krystyna Kalicka; Tadeusz Kalicki; Józef Reczek; Halina Saferewicz; Wacław Twardzik; Stanisław Urbańczyk; Halina Małecka–Pałaszowa
length 04'28
location Poland
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0005 015
source of funding Polish Film Institute

Walery Pisarek was a well-known linguist, media expert and popularizer of science. He bought a camera in the early 60s, during a business trip to Hungary, where he went as the artistic director of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Nowa Huta Community Centre.


Part 1

The film was made during the farewell of Halina Małecka-Pałaszowa (a daughter of a Slavic dialectologist Mieczysław Małecki) by colleagues and friends associated with the Old Polish Dictionary of the Institute of Linguistics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Cracow. Halina, after marrying an orientalist Mieczysław Pałasz, moved to Warsaw. A close-up of the information board placed on the wall of the building at ul. Straszewskiego 27 in Cracow, where the Institute of Linguistics of the Polish Academy of Sciences and the Old Polish Dictionary were located. The participants of the meeting leave the building and successively cross the street and head to the square in Planty near Collegium Novum. One of the women waves to Walery Pisarek, who films them. Close-ups of the participants of the meeting: Krystyna Kalicka (a brunette in a black sweater), Józef Reczek (in glasses and a checkered shirt), Józef Bal (a brunet without glasses), Tadeusz Kalicki (a brunet in glasses), Wacław Twardzik (a blond without glasses) and Prof. Halina Safarewicz (in bun blond hair). Halina Małecka-Pałaszowa dressed in a bright dress tries to encourage a pigeon to sit on her outstretched hand. The employees of the Institute gathered on the square laugh, fool around and say goodbye to Halina in turn, warmly hugging and kissing her on both cheeks. Tadeusz Kalicki, laughing at the camera, kisses her hand several times. 

Part 2 

Rural open-air scenes. A man carries water in a tin bucket from a well with a wooden roof that is situated in the yard. In the yard, there is an elderly woman in a headscarf with two men. The adults are accompanied by a little girl with ponytails and bows. 

Part 3 

Professor Stanisław Urbańczyk together with several other people walks around Cracow’s Planty Park. The gathered people approach the professor one by one, talk for a while and exchange handshakes. 

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keywords Poland; Cracow; Planty; Polish Academy of Sciences; Institute of Linguistics; Old Polish Dictionary; social gathering; pigeons; walk; village; well