Buda Family Archive

collection Buda Family Archive
authors Jacek Buda
starring Jacek Buda; Maciej Rzeczkowski
length 24'45
country Poland; Bulgaria
year 1973
format 8 mm
color black and white; color
signature PAFD 0037 022

Zygmunt Buda was born in Poznań in 1924 and was interested in photography since his childhood. From 1941, he worked in the Poznań photographic company Foto-Stewner, founded by Ernest Stewner. After the end of the war, he worked as a photographer in the Ministry of Internal Affairs, from which, in the 50s, he was dismissed for political incorrectness. From the 60s, he worked in the Film Services Department at the corner of Marszałkowska and Krucza streets in Warsaw. Zygmunt recorded films with a business camera with a 16-millimeter tape and a private SANYO camera with an 8-millimeter tape, which he received as a gift from a family living in the USA. His sons, Jacek and Marek, as well as the next generations of the Buda family, also became enthusiasts of filming family life.

An account of a trip of Jacek Buda and his friend from high school and from the scuba diving club, Maciej Rzeczkowski, to Bulgaria in 1973. The departure from Warsaw from the Gdański Railway Station. Shots of people leaning out of an open window of the train. Main Market Square in Cracow, a shot of St. Mary’s Basilica. The passage through the then Ukrainian SSR (Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic), shots from the train of passing landscapes, tracks and bridges. As the author of the film recalls, because he was filming from a window of the moving train, his camera was almost confiscated. Scenes at the station in Varna and at the monument-mausoleum of Ladislaus of Varna in Varna. A man poses for the camera, lying on the stairs, then fools around and rolls forward. Shots from Varna, later from a trip to Sunny Beach and Nessebar. Jacek and Maciek dive into the bay and fish out the twisted rapana shells, then empty them with a pocket knife. Shots in a restaurant from a date with Rosa and her friend, Bulgarian women met during the trip. Jacek and Maciej dive by the Galata peninsula and visit the gardens on the Kaliakra peninsula. The panorama of the sea from a high cliff and blooming prickly pears. The man eats sandwiches in a hotel room. The view from the hotel room. Returning to Warsaw, the men visited Maciek’s parents in Zakopane. A mountain trip. Shots of tourists on the trail and playing puppies of Podhale Shepherd Dogs.


keywords Poland  Bulgaria  Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic  Warsaw  Zakopane  Varna  Nessebar  Sunny Beach  Galata Peninsula  Kaliakra Peninsula  summer  holiday  train  travel  sightseeing  diving  leisure  walking  bathing  swimming  sea  beach  mausoleum  monument  garden  gardens  shells  pocket knife  hotel  restaurant  date  mountains  dogs 
source of funding Polish Film Institute