Zbigniew Zapasiewicz

  • Andrzej Wajda – Bez znieczulenia AKA Rough Treatment (1978)

    1971-1980Andrzej WajdaDramaPoland
    Bez znieczulenia (1978)
    Bez znieczulenia (1978)

    A famous Polish journalist presents a problem for the powers-that-be when he displays his full political skill and knowledge on a television show featuring questions and answers on a world conference by a panel of journalists. His enemies take away his privileges when he is away. The shock of being “unwanted” parallels a deeper disappointment in his private life: his wife has an affair with a jealous young rival, and after 15 years of marriage and two daughters wants a divorce. She offers no explanations as he tries to untie these problems himself. All the moves he makes are the wrong ones. He takes on drinking heavily with students eager to attend his seminar after discovering the class has been canceled. The journalist, once suave and commanding is reduced to silence.Read More »

  • Krzysztof Zanussi – Zycie jako smiertelna choroba przenoszona droga plciowa AKA Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000)

    Drama1991-2000Krzysztof ZanussiPoland

    An old doctor faces cancer. On the set, he meets a monk and a couple, a medical student and a wardrobe mistress. He seeks the help of other doctors, but in the end it is they who help him come to terms with his inevitable death.Read More »

  • Krzysztof Zanussi – Urok wszeteczny z cyklu ‘Opowiesci weekendowe’ AKA Weekend Stories: Deceptive Charm (1998)

    Drama1991-2000Krzysztof ZanussiPolandTV

    An idealistic scientist is encouraged by his wife to use his good looks to get ahead, but his new job carries with it temptations and traps.Read More »

  • Krzysztof Zanussi – Za sciana (1971)

    1971-1980DramaKrzysztof ZanussiPolandTV

    Jan is a young assistant professor in chemistry and a workaholic, whose entire life is dedicated to study and advancement to full professorship. Anna is an unsuccesful science writer who turns to Jan for advice and human compassion in a critical moment of mental confusion and nervous exhaustion. Jan, absorbed with his career, remains immune to Anna’s clumsy efforts to pierce his defences. Affrayed by her ultimate plea for an embrace, he escapes to his own quarters. In the end Anna makes an unsuccesful suicide attempt and he visits her in the hospital.Read More »

  • Krzysztof Kieslowski – Przypadek AKA Blind Chance [+Extras] (1987)

    Drama1981-1990Krzysztof KieslowskiPoland


    Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Blind Chance is a powerful political fable that provides an early glimpse at the unique style that would later lead to acclaimed international successes like the Three Colors Trilogy and The Double Life of Veronique. As with the later films, Kieslowski displays a deeply erotic, sensual sensibility and a warm humanism that inflects every facet of this complex film. He also shows signs of the spiritual outlook and interest in fate and overlapping chronologies that is especially prevalent in the films he’s best known for. Blind Chance begins with a brief, elliptical precis of the early life of Witek (Boguslaw Linda), starting with a few childhood scenes, his first love, his days in medical school, and finally the death of his father. Many of these earlier memories will later be shown to be false or at least incomplete, hazily remembered scenes from the distant past that have taken on iconic status in Witek’s mind even if the particulars aren’t quite accurate.Read More »

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