chopin-graphic2The 1952 Polish film  The Youth of Chopin (Mlodosc Chopina) is the next feature in the 51st Annual International Film Festival at Missouri Southern State University.

The film will be shown at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 in Cornell Auditorium in the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center. 

There is no cost to attend and the public is invited.

Aleksander Ford, master poet of the screen, directed this biographical film of Frederic Chopin. It chronicles  the great composer’s early study of music in 1825 through his first major accomplishments in 1831. 

At a time of social unrest throughout Europe, Ford depicts Chopin as not only an outstanding talent in music but also a young man inflamed with the revolutionary spirit of his native Poland.  While on tour in Vienna, he gets word of the November Uprising in Warsaw and tries to return home only to fall ill. 

Chopin’s music is played by leading Polish pianists Halina Stefanska and Wladyslaw Kedra.   The film was nominated for the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.