Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski tells the story of the one that could have been and was not. The focus of this original documentary that now comes to the catalog of Netflix is in this artist and sculptor who is being increasingly rediscovered by lovers of fine and elegant art, while transmitting diverse feelings to those who admire them. Such an artist should be celebrated in every museum and art house in the world, but that is not what happened to Szukalski. At least not until now (watch here).
The central character of Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski – in this case, himself – is portrayed as an unknown genius, who had his fame expanded only after his death. And it is true: the man had everything to be one of the great sculptors and painters of the twentieth century, because of his immeasurable talent for these arts, very refined and rich in details that enchant anyone. Some say that he was the Michelangelo of our era. However, he died alone and without glories in Burbank, California. Why did this happen?
As we understand in Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski, his fame came only after his death. Szukalski was an eccentric guy, he was sure he was a genius and one of the greatest names in world art, but he did not have the recognition he deserved. Already in old age, recorded several testimonies where he dissected his methods of work and his life until then. This is the raw base material for this documentary, which is enriched by other interviews with people who have been lucky enough to get along with this real raw talent.
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski shows all the glory of the artist’s life, as well as his decline in old age, when he no longer believed he would be recognized, despite keeping in his mind the awareness of his enormous talent. Late recognition is only a sad note for the trajectory of this unique Polish, which we can now know in detail in this sad and beautiful documentary.
Synopsis 1: Hidden in a nondescript suburb, they find him: an artist who could have been an icon. Then they learn why he wasn’t.
Synopsis 2: Artists in LA discover the work of forgotten Polish sculptor Stanislav Szukalski, a mad genius whose true story unfolds chapter by astounding chapter.
Age rating: 16;