Film Screening of “The Age of Czeslaw Milosz”

Categories: Past Events,Past Vilnius Events,Past Warsaw Events


The Vilnius and Warsaw Committees of CSCI, in partnership with the Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, present a screening of the film The Age of Czeslaw Milosz.

This documentary commemorates the 100th birthday of Czeslaw Milosz, the Nobel Prize-winning Polish-Lithuanian poet whose life spanned a century. Famous cultural figures, friends and family retrace the life and work of this extraordinary thinker, joined by Milosz’s own words and a wealth of archival material.

Born in a cross-border region of Lithuania in 1911, Milosz grew up a polyglot—fluent in Polish, Lithuanian, Russian, English and French. After studying law, Milosz traveled to Paris, where he published poems, fiction and essays. This led him to Warsaw, where he spent World War II working for underground presses. Surviving Nazi rule, he went on to serve as a cultural attaché of Poland in Paris. In 1951, he defected to the West and wrote his most famous prose work, The Captive Mind. By 1960, Milosz had emigrated to the U.S. to teach at the University of California, Berkeley. Throughout, he continued to publish poetry that spoke in clear words to the human condition during times of tumult. With the fall of the Iron Curtain, Milosz returned to Poland, where he passed away in 2004 at the age of 93.

More than a well-researched biography, The Age of Czeslaw Milosz is a lyrical reflection on a life spent in exile, yet filled with humor, passion and big ideas that often went against the spirit of the age.

Directed by Juozas Javaitis; Lithuania; 2011; 185 minutes; in Lithuanian with English subtitles.

Prof. John Merchant of Loyola University will give the remarks after the film.

When: April 26, 2013 at 7 p.m.
Where: Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, 6500 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago
Admission: $5; Balzekas Museum Members free