(This is The Lost Museum film review, which is a Polish artistic short film about stolen arts in Poland)
*the real short film only lasts for the first 7 mins, with the other time dedicated to explaining about the featured artworks
Poland has lost many artworks over the World War 2. The Lost Museum is a short film that uses that as the base of the story, but explores it in a more artistic film fashion. In a sense, it can be said to be an experimental film that aims to both tell the story and educate to the masses regarding the various lost artworks.
It is directed by Iwona Bielecka and starring some Polish actors that are relatively unknown worldwide, such as Ignacy Martusewicz, Wojtek Magnuski, Karolina Godlewska, Aleksandra Holc and Aneta Krusińska. Without further ado, let’s delve into The Lost Museum film review below!
When the art of Polands that were lost during World War 2 could never be found, the government has decided to make them digital memories. Though as a copy of the famous artworks, a young man enters into the memories and begins to explore the various artworks. What would he discover?
The Lost Museum Film Review
The story can be a bit confusing as it’s kind of experimental. So we see the young man enters the digital memories and begins seeing various artworks coming to life. Then he finds more clues that links to the next art’s whereabouts of appearance.
It does not seem to be a complex tale from the outset. And there is no true protagonist or antagonist in the story as well. What I feel is that this film aims to entertain and educate the masses on the artworks themselves. However, I still need to applause it for making the story world looks interesting.
It manages to catch my attention with the opening and then also with showing us the different artworks that I only learn of their existences today. The use of some voiceovers (in Polish) accentuates the mood of the scenes as well. All in all, do not expect any complex tale or a proper premise in this short film.
The pacing is good overall, though it can be a tad slow in the middle portion. Regardless, the short film knows how to keep it interesting by introducing the artworks slowly, and not in a rush. We are never bombarded with thousands of works just for the sake of introducing them.
Cinematography wise, it is on a pretty high quality. Some of the parts look like Bladerunner 2049, with some bright saturated colours that makes the story world futuristic and unique.
The effects actually fit the story world for the mood and atmosphere as well
I quite like the use of glitches effect in showing the artworks being digitalised as memories. And they are used appropriately in some scenes, though some parts can be a bit too excessive. The effects actually fit the story world for the mood and atmosphere as well.
There is essentially only one main character but he’s not the protagonist. In fact, he is more of a guide to show us the various appearances of the lost artworks. The artworks are brought to life and they form the major characters of The Lost Museum.
They also have different personalities and appearances
We are shown many of them and some are quite unique in the way they are brought to life. They also have different personalities and appearances, which is varying enough to keep the film interesting. I like the way the characters link to each other by giving the young man pictures of the next artwork to be found. It just subtly shows a small link among the artworks in their relations to Poland.
The soundtrack is pretty phenomenal for their quality in this short film. I am quite impressed at the tracks used which makes the story world like a futuristic but slightly dystopian glitchy world. The use of some old techno and glitch sound effects improve the scenes’ atmosphere and mood. It also increases the necessary tension to keep audience interested from beginning till the end. Overall, this part gets a great thumbs up from me.