Ślizgawka w Łazienkach (lost Polish silent film; 1894-1896)
Ślizgawka w Łazienkach (roughly translated to "Łazienki park Slide" or "Ice-skating at Łazienkowski palace") is possibly the first Polish film ever made in the history of Polish cinema. It was directed by Kazimierz Prószyński between 1894 and 1896, but released around 1901 or 1902.
Information about this film is very scarce: the only proof of its existence are descriptions made by the Polish press and four film frames that were published in the Warsaw Press.
With a runtime of around 1-3 minutes, the film was about a group of Polish ice skaters at the slide of the Warsaw Ice Skating Society. The film was filmed using a pleograph which was an early type of the movie camera invented by Kazimierz Prószyński.
Ślizgawka w Łazienkach is thought to be the first Polish film. Due to the history of the making of this film, it's possible that it was either destroyed or is in hands of a private collector. The film was shown many times at screenings that Prószyński organized first in Warsaw, then all around Poland.
- A paper on the setting of Ślizgawka w Łazienkach Retrieved 29 Mar '18