Fun,games and lots of adventures…
When one hears of Boy Scouts, typically an association is made with the American youth organizations much thanks to the exposure that the Boy Scouts of America receive in books, movies and other forms of the popular culture. That’s why you may not have heard of the wonderful Polish film Czarne Stopy (Black Feet) which tells the story of a group of boys and their adventures in a scout camp in the Świętokrzyskie Mountains. They name themselves “Black Feet” inspired by an American Indian tribe and, while playing in the woods near the campsite, they discover mysterious signs and a letter left by the “Forest Eye” – a mysterious person/or spirit who guides them in their adventures.
The movie is charming. How wouldn’t it be with such a great youthful cast? Its magic lies in its simplicity and sincerity. The boys who star in the film were actual members of the 28 Lodz Team Scouts and the filming was carried out during their summer camp. The cinematography – featuring non obtrusive camerawork and creative lighting (relying on natural light sources such as candles or a camp fire – simple yet effective) creates an almost candid feeling to the viewer as if one is there in the campsite evidencing the adventures and events first-hand, with the result being an uplifting and refreshing film that can be equally enjoyed by viewers of all ages.
Film title: Czarne Stopy
Also known as: Black Feet
Release year: 1987, Zespól Filmowy “Profil”
Director: Waldemar Podgórski
Cast: Marcin Kowalczyk, Sasza Depczynski, Bartosz Hajncz, Sebastian Iwanow, Mikolaj Janic, Slawomir Krajewski and others
Czarne Stopy is a screen adaptation of a novel by the same name, for children and young adults, written by the Polish writer Seweryna Szmaglewska. The movie captures the causative power of imagination and the ability to create “something out of nothing” that allows the characters to find joy in a common experiencing of real emotions. Czarne Stopy presents to the viewer a different picture of youthful reality – one that some of us remember with nostalgia and which others, surrounded by computers and video games, do not know at all. This is Polish cinema for young audiences at its best !