Tribute to Cybulski, ‘Poland’s James Dean’
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A bust of Zbigniew Cybulski, dubbed the “James Dean of Polish cinema,” was unveiled on Sunday to mark 50 years since the actor’s tragic death.
Zbigniew Cybulski. Photo from Mariola Pryzwan's book 'Cybulski o Sobie' (Cybulski about himself): Wydawnictwo MG/press materials
Cybulski, who pioneered a revolutionary style of acting and who, like James Dean, played nonconformist rebels, is a cult figure in Polish cinema.
He died at the age of 40 after accidentally slipping under a train on 8 January 1967 in the south-western city of Wrocław.
He appeared in films including director Andrzej Wajda’s celebrated “Ashes and Diamonds”.
His bust was unveiled at Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA), a state-owned cultural institution in Wrocław.
The centre succeeded the Wrocław Film Studio, where a number of films starring Cybulski were made, including “Ashes and Diamonds”, “The Saragossa Manuscript” and “Salto”.
On Monday, the centre starts a four-day review of Cybulski’s films.
“On the anniversary of Cybulski’s death we want to remind people - especially the younger generation - about him, his most important, most poignant roles, especially those associated with Wrocław,” said the centre’s director, Robert Banasiak.