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Nazi officer ordered propagandakunst. Got a painting of Hitler in ballettkjole

Genius! I'm the best in the history of mankind! declare Stanislav Szukalski in the trailer for the Leonardo dicaprio is-produced the Netflix documentary "Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski".

the Story starts when a local tegneseriesamler in Los Angeles gjenoppdager multikunstneren Stanislav Szukalski in 1971, which for a long had time lived an anonymous existence in Granada Hills. According to The Observer came Glenn Bray of a book with Szukalskis work by pure chance, and was immediately fenget.

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He believed that the man was an old master who heard the history books. Therefore, the shock was great when he discovered that Szukalski was not only alive, but lived only a couple miles away from him.


The Polish painter, writer and sculptor was also no menneskesky hermit. On the contrary, he was overjoyed to finally get attention for his art.

Bray invited their friends and acquaintances from the local art scene home to Szukalski.

He filmed often, and it is this barbro which forms the starting point for the documentary.

the Followers gathered regularly to hear the old man's thoughts about all between heaven and earth.

One of them was George dicaprio is, as often took with itself the son, Leonardo.

A time to Szukalski, according to The Observer have written in the margin of a book that Leonardo had with him: "A warning: do not grow up too fast".

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Szukalski was born in Warta, Poland in 1893. As a young and aspiring artist pendlet he between the home country and Chicago.

He studied at the Academy of fine arts in Kraków, and in 1934 he was declared a genius in the country, and by many considered Poland's greatest living artist.

At some point, and with the national Museum in Warsaw named after him. This writes the site Artnet.

He was known for massive sculptures, intricate paintings, and a fondness for mythological subjects - some from the Polish folk religion, others from pure imagination.

He was also known as a loose cannon. He criticized the educational institutions, kunstkritikere and other artists over a low shoe, and he quickly gained the status of Polish kunstlivs enfant terrible in the local press.

Then came the war. When the nazis invaded Poland in 1939, large parts of the Szukalskis life's work destroyed by bombs, or burned at the stake.

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In the documentary, tells Szukalski about the time in Poland during the occupation. At a time to be stjernestatusen his have attracted the attention of a high ranked nazi officer, who shall have requisitioned several propagandakunstverk from the young artist.

Szukalski sent him a drawing of Adolf Hitler wearing a tutu - a small ballettkjole - and had to immediately escape the country.

Szukalski fled to the united STATES, and settled in Los Angeles. He continued to write, paint and make sculptures, but enjoyed never the same recognition as in the home country.

Not until Bray one day called at the door.

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Before the war developed Szukalski an obsessive interest in a discipline he dubbed "zermatisme". Zermatismen is Szukalskis personal, pseudovitenskapelige rewrite of the evolution, where he argues that life began on easter island in the Pacific ocean.

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In addition, Szukalski found a scapegoat for all the world's evil. He believed that humanity since the dawn of time had been in violation of the "Yetis sons" ("Yetinsyny"), which was a hybridrase between people and yetier (you know, as in "Bigfoot").

Szukalski continued work with zermatismen when he came to the united STATES, and worked uninterrupted with the theories of his in over 40 years.

He wrote a manuscript on the 42 volume, a total of more than 25 000 pages, with 14 000 the accompanying illustrations. Even if the theory is totally without scientific keep, enjoying the today cult status among many.

Leonardo dicaprio is, and the rest of the team behind the movie meets a fork in the road when they come across a text Szukalski wrote in Poland in the 1930s. In the text provides Szukalski supposedly the expression of nationalist and anti-semitic attitudes.

George dicaprio is and Glenn Bray must both see their friendship with the aging artist in a new light. Whether the text is representative of Szukalskis own thoughts, or if he just aimed for the prevalent attitudes in their own time, are questions that are hanging in the air.

"Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski" premiered on Netflix 21. December.

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