I meant to post an update for yesterday but didn’t have time…sorry! Here is a brief summary of yesterday’s events.


Our first stop today was the cinematography museum.

The bottom floor of the building was filled with old cameras, projectors and film posters.

Roman Polanski graduated from the Leon Schiller film school here in Łódź, and the Łódźians are fairly proud of his accomplishments, and appreciate that he has some roots in the city. (No one, however, seems to be much in favor of Polanski’s scandal…if the topic comes up, the subject immediately drops.)

The cinematography museum was in the basement of the first palace built in Łódź. This palace was also the first built by Karl Schiebler, one of the many textile barons who owned factories in Łódź. Pictures hardly do justice to this fantastically intricate palace. Almost everything was original – the paneling, the chandeliers, the furniture… it was fantastic!

By the way, I apologize for the blurriness of these photos!

We kept with the cinematography theme and next traveled to the Leon Schiller Higher School of Film, which was just a few blocks away.

Here we had the opportunity of meeting with a professor, who filled us in on all of the goings-on of the film school. This being Roman Polanski’s alma mater, Polanski himself seems to be revered as somewhat of a legend. (I think he’s probably the most famous graduate.) One of the steps on the main staircase of the school even has a plaque with his name on it.

We were able to watch a few student films from the late ’60′s, at least one of which were Polanski’s. Although they were art films and I didn’t quite understand them, it was still very interesting to see what students in a film school actually do when they aren’t behind a camera.

The professor told us that the building which houses the main offices for the film school was once the home of a Jewish textile baron. Most of the ornate-ness was destroyed during WWII, but the building was still gorgeous.

After visiting the film school, Monika, Jess, Amanda, Amel and I all traveled to the Manufaktura and had a chance to shop for a while. I ate out for the first time (I think) while I’ve been here. The restaurant was called Sphinx, and reminded me of Chili’s, except it seemed much nicer. Food is so much cheaper here! My meal only cost (roughly) $4, and that included a fairly large piece of pita bread. Delicious and inexpensive – that’s what I like. :) No surprise, we Americans were sure to get ice cream before we left the Manufaktura. This sweet treat was delicious, as always.



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