Polish Movie Canon: Film Adaptations - Wesele (PAL, Region 2, Subtitled))

 
9788362086313: Polish Movie Canon: Film Adaptations - Wesele (PAL, Region 2, Subtitled))

"Wesele" (The Wedding) is an adaptation of a drama by Stanislaw Wyspianski. Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl. "Wesele" is perhaps the most original play written for the theater in Polish and it's hard to imagine our literary and theater life without it. It links, in a unique way, a description of a real wedding which Wyspianski witnessed in late autumn of 1900, with philosophical, historiosophical and liberation issues very important to the Polish society at the time. Who are you? - the author asks the wedding guests. And who were we in the free and powerful Poland of the past centuries? Can we win freedom for ourselves and for future generations? Can the Polish intelligentsia and artists lead the peasant masses, which are the only real social force in an economically and culturally backward country? Wyspianski doesn't not only ask, he also pronounces his verdict: you aren't mature enough for freedom, you just turn around in a cursed dance of stagnation and torpor. This is the meaning of the last scene of "Wesele". Wyspianski's accusation was a shock for his contemporaries, and its daring insight is still amazing. But "Wesele" also became a prediction for the new era - thirteen years later the First World War broke out, and in 1918 Poland returned to the map of Europe as a free country, won back in an armed struggle by, among others, those funny guests of the Bronowice wedding, allegedly not mature enough to take responsibility for themselves and for others.

This special edition DVD includes extensive booklet (in language Polish only) with texts and tributes by acclaimed Polish film critics, scholars and teachers, as well many movie related pictures. In Polish language version with English, French, German and Russian subtitles.

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