Marczewski began in 1962 studying directing at the Film School in Łódź, which he, however, in 1964 interrupted for a historical and philosophical studies. During his studies, he finished in 1969, he received the Director diploma but only in 1998. During the 1970s he worked in Poland as an assistant director and production assistant, and wrote screenplays. For Polish television, he realized smaller film productions. His first feature film was the film Nightmares from the year 1979. For his second feature film shiver he received at the Berlinale 1982 Silver Bear and other prizes. He also received the Silver Lion at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. This should be his last feature film until the political changes in Poland. Since 1984 he teaches at the Film School in Copenhagen.
In the 1990s he was head of the Director of the British National Film and Television School in Beaconsfield, near London. Only in 1991 he brought out a new feature film. " Escape from the movie " Freedom " " ( Ucieczka z kina Wolność ) received several awards at the Polish Film Festival, among others in the category " Best Film ". In 2000 he filmed the novel Weiser by Paweł Case. The film Weiser took part in the Competition of the Berlinale 2001. In 2002 he was one of the founders of the Warsaw Film School Directed by Andrzej Wajda. He is there as a lecturer until today. He is also a professor at the State University of Film, Television and Theatre in Łódź.
In 2011 he became an officer of the Order of Polonia Restituta.