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Revisiting Danton, Andrzej Wajda’s haunting political allegory

Danton, Robespierre, Saint-Just – the fate of these historical figures is well known. Consequently, Andrzej Wajda’s Danton, based on the play The Danton Case is inevitably defined by the very idea of doom. In the shadow of the guillotine, prominently framed at the beginning and at the end, the Polish filmmaker develops reflections on individual […]

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Poland: Tricks (Andrzej Jakimowski, 2007)

World cinema’s hidden gems handpicked by the Big Picture. When I asked the writer/director of Tricks/Sztuczki, Andrzej Jakimowski, about the freshness and originality of his second feature film within the context of Polish cinema, and about any influences on his well-received sophomore effort, he replied that there were no conscious forebears to whom he wished […]