Jerzy Skolimowski

Highest Rated: 100% Moonlighting (1982)
Lowest Rated: 46% White Nights (1985)
Birthday: May 5, 1938
Birthplace: Not Available
Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski is one of the most original and innovative of the eastern European filmmakers. He is also one of the few to find success in the West. As a youth, the talented Skolimowski published several short stories, two poetry volumes, and was a jazz musician. At the University of Warsaw, he studied anthropology, history, and literature. He entered films after a chance encounter with renowned director Andrzej Wajda. Skolimowski helped him write the script for Innocent Sorcerers (1960). Then, with Wajda's help, he enrolled in the Film School at Lodz where he and classmate Roman Polanski wrote the script for the latter's debut feature Knife in the Water (1962). It took Skolimowski four years to make his own first feature, Identification Marks: None (1964), a combination of several short student films starring himself as an anti-hero -- a figure that would appear in many subsequent films, which centered on his society's youthful outsiders, and contained strong political messages as in Hands Up! (1967), an anti-Stalinist film that was banned and not shown in the West until 1981 at Cannes. He gained international renown for his 1967 film Le Depart, which won the Golden Bear award at that year's Berlin Film Festival. An invitation to make a western European film The Adventures of Gerard a big-budget British-Swiss production that featured an all-star cast ensued. Unfortunately, the film was neither indicative of the director's real talent, nor was it commercially successful. In subsequent films Skolimowski has matured into a formidable talent with works such as Deep End (1970), and The Shout (1978). His most commercially successful film is Moonlighting (1982), a penetrating look into the origins of political repression inspired by the declaration of martial law in Poland in December 1981.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet The Lost Caravaggio (Una storia senza nome) Actor 2018
72% 11 Minutes (11 Minut) Director Screenwriter Producer 2016
92% Marvel's The Avengers Georgi Luchkov $623.3M 2012
No Score Yet 11 settembre 1683 (The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683) Jan III Sobieski 2012
No Score Yet Dialóg 20-40-60 (Dialogue) Director Screenwriter 2011
No Score Yet The Adventures Of Gerard Director 2011
84% Essential Killing Director Producer Screenwriter 2010
67% Four Nights With Anna Screenwriter Director Producer 2008
89% Eastern Promises Stepan $17.2M 2007
73% Before Night Falls Professor $2.8M 2001
No Score Yet L.A. Without a Map Minister 1998
53% Mars Attacks! Doctor Zeigler 1996
No Score Yet 30 Door Key Director 1991
No Score Yet Torrents of Spring Director Screenwriter Victor Victorovich 1990
No Score Yet Big Shots Doc 1987
No Score Yet Mesmerized Screenwriter 1986
No Score Yet The Lightship Director 1986
No Score Yet Success Is The Best Revenge Screenwriter Director 1985
No Score Yet Hands Up! (Rece do góry) Director Actor Screenwriter 1985
46% White Nights Col. Chaiko 1985
100% Moonlighting Boss Director Producer 1982
100% Die Fälschung (Circle of Deceit) Hoffmann 1981
82% The Shout Screenwriter Director 1979
No Score Yet King, Queen, Knave Director 1972
85% Deep End Director Screenwriter 1971
No Score Yet Walkower (Walkover) Andrezj Leszczyc Director 1969
No Score Yet Barrier Director Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet Le Départ Director Screenwriter 1967
No Score Yet Hands Up Director 1967
100% Knife in the Water Screenwriter 1962
No Score Yet Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni Czarodzieje) Screenwriter Actor 1960


No Score Yet The Agency
Dimitri Allovich
  • 2002
  • 2001