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Krzysztof Zanussi

“My cinema above all comes from literature, and, in this sense, it becomes a kind of a human language. The idea of the visual component in film as dominant has always evoked my skepticism.”

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    THE STRUCTURE OF CRYSTAL

    Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1969

    The award-winning Krzysztof Zanussi, one of the great Polish filmmakers, made his feature debut with this psychologically rich, remarkably mature chamber drama about career vocation (Zanussi studied physics), friendship, and life philosophy.

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    ILLUMINATION

    Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1973

    Another of the Krzysztof Zanussi’s tales of the post-war generation of Poles struggling to find meaning and purpose in their lives under Communism. The promise (and struggle) of both love and science define this brilliant film, winner of Locarno’s Golden Leopard.

    LIFE AS A FATAL SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASE

    Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 2000

    The final film—which swept the Polish Film Awards—in our Krzysztof Zanussi retrospective brings us to the post-Communist era of Poland today. An eloquent drama about the quest for spiritual harmony while facing death, it asks vital questions about how to accept the world as it changes around you.

    THE CONSTANT FACTOR

    Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1980

    Through its hero’s eyes—and the travails of a righteous and honest man—we see, at the end of the 1970s, what’s become of the Communist dream. One of Zanussi’s most acclaimed films and the winner of the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

    CAMOUFLAGE

    Krzysztof Zanussi Poland, 1977

    In the cinema of Krzysztof Zanussi, livingly embodied & taut with the internal debates of a transforming society, the clash of Polish generations reaches its pinnacle in this richly erudite drama of debate. His usual university-educated protagonists are under his microscope—a microcosm of a nation.

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