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How Andrzej Wajda used cinema to reveal hidden truths about his nation

Andrzej Wajda started his career as a filmmaker in post-war Poland. His early films – A Generation, Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds, Lotna and Samson – focus on both the Second World War and the civil war uprising and its aftermath. Wajda often emphasized the moral duty of the filmmaker in Poland, whose task it was to remember a […]

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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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Four Frames: The Wedding (Andrzej Wajda, 1972)

Andrzej Wajda’s The Wedding (Wesele), based on Stanisław Wyspiański’s eponymous play (1901), retells the wedding of the poet Lucjan Rydel who married, as did Wyspiański himself, a peasant girl from the village of Bronowice near Krakow. The Polish artists and intellectuals of the late 19th century believed that these marriages would allow them to revive […]