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Sza/Za plays to Polanski

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Pawel Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki of Warsaw duo Sza/Za combine electronics, analog loops, violin and clarinet in their original score to Roman Polanski short films Murder, Teeth Smile and The Breakup Dance (1957), Two Men With a Wardrobe (1958), and When Angels Fall (1959)—made as a student at Lodz Film School in Poland, The Lamp (1959) and Mammals (1962).

Sza/Za plays the score live for the first time, accompanying the films, in the Polish Film Festival in America.

"These films reveal Polanski's surreal and dark style, his masterful storytelling ability and his restless search for the truth about human nature, however crooked and evil it would turn out to be," says the festival program.

"The grotesque and often disturbing world of his short films, and his meticulously clean direction are traits that would later developed in such masterpieces as Rosemary's Baby, Chinatown and The Pianist."

The performance and screening is Sunday, Nov. 14 at 5 p.m. at Northeastern Illinois University Auditorium, 5500 N. Saint Louis Ave. $20; students $15.

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