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Published on Jul 23, 2011
Though Polański was director, 'Lampa' was the diploma film of his fellow classmate Krzysztof Romanowski (a cinematography student). 'Lampa' has a style all its own and is unlike any of Polański's previous film. The film addresses the loss of an old world (a doll maker's shop is burned to the ground once electricity is installed) using a dark atmosphere to convey this sinister deterioration. The haunting sounds of a humming boiler and of voiceless dolls travel along the electrical wires as they conspire to explode.
Watching 'Lampa' one imagines the inspiration that filmmaker David Lynch and his contemporaries would gather from this film's atmosphere. And though it is not the style that Polański would continue to employ (in fact it is a film that he excludes from his autobiography), it still indicates his ability to convey a darkness to come.