BLACK POMPEII (1962) Film Polski
Writer/ Director/ Producer: Mira Hamermesh
Mira Hamermesh’s first film, made at the Polish Film School in Lodz, was a requiem for the Jewish cemetery in that city, known before the war as one of the richest in funerary architecture in Europe. Massive in size, against the landscape of decay and ruin caused by time and neglect, the film shows four mourners with a coffin who move through the desolate landscape like restless sleepers unable to wake up from a nightmare. They are more like ghosts condemned to eternal wandering through the dying cemetery.
Since the film was shot, some attempts at restoration have been made after the political changes in Poland. The film is a record of an important monument to Jewish presence in the city of Lodz.