Józef Arkusz (1921 - 1996) was a Polish film director and producer of over 70 educational films.
Józef Arkusz was born in Peratyn, Poland (modern day Ukraine, near Tarnopol) in 1921. He moved to Lwów in the early 1930s, and took part in the underground movement Armia Krajowa as a partisan during World War II. Following the war he moved West to the industrial city of Łódż, in central Poland, where he began studying biology.
He attended the University of Poznań, and received a degree in Biology. He furthered his education by attending and graduating from the Łódż Film School (1953), renowned for other famous graduates such as Roman Polanski and Krzysztof Kieslowski.
He worked on minor films and projects until the 1960s when he began to be noticed by the international community. At this point his career took off and he made some of his most famous educational films. Working at the Educational Film Studio (Wytwórnia Filmów Oświatowych) in Łódż, he created General Topic Films (Filmy Oświatowe), and is credited as being one of the most influential Polish documentary film makers. He pioneered new methods of filming and documentary production, which are now used as standard practice around the world. His film topics included technical and biological specialties, and focused on new biological advances of the modern age.
- Józef Arkusz is credited with having created the first film of the insides of functioning arteries and heart.
His award-winning movies include:
1961: Rak Pustelnik (The Hermit Crab)
1963: Życie Gleby (The Living Earth)
1964: Morskie Zwierzęta Osiadłe (Dormant Sea Creatures)
1964: Przemiany w Stali (Changes in Steal)
1968: Przyrodnicze Podstawy Zmianowania (Basics of Differentiation in Nature)
1972: Twoje Serce (Your Heart)
- First film in history to film insides of functioning arteries, veins, and heart.
1980: Energia Chemiczna (Chemical Energy)
1981: Bioelektroniczne Tajemnice Życia (Bioelectronic Secrets of Life)
1982: Troche Cybernatyki (A Bit of Cybernetics)
1983: Bioelektronika (Bioelectronics)
1985: Sedlak (Dr. Sedlak Biography)
- Official WFO-Educational Film Studio Website (http://www.wfo.com.pl/kod/przedstawiamy_uk.htm)