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Landscape after Battle


New topics for films
Andrzej Wajda Film-maker
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Po filmie Brzezina rozumiałem, że mogę znowu próbować dotknąć jakiegoś tematu, który jest tematem bardziej bym powiedział bolesnym, czy bardziej politycznym, czy bardziej wyrażającym to, co się wydarza w naszym kraju. A wydarzyło się bardzo wiele, bo 1968 rok jest, no, plamą... plamą na naszym... naszym narodowym życiu politycznym i na tym, czegośmy się nie mogli spodziewać w ogóle, że może nastąpić. Ale rozumiem, że to była sprawa, która dojrzewała długo, że chodziło o to po prostu, że partia poszukiwała jakiegoś sposobu wewnątrz, żeby starych towarzyszy, że tak powiem, wypchnąć za drzwi i każdy pretekst najbardziej nawet brutalny, najbardziej nawet irracjonalny był usprawiedliwiony, żeby ta nowa, że tak powiem, nowa generacja, nowi działacze znaleźli dla siebie miejsce.

After Birchwood, I understood that I could try again to touch a topic that was more what I'd call painful, or more political, or more expressive of the things happening in our country. Much had hapened because '68 was a stain on our national political life, on what we could expect, what could happen. I understand that this was a matter that had been maturing for a long time; the Party had been looking for a way to get rid of the old comrades internally, to push them out of the door, so to speak, and any pretext, even the most brutal, the most irrational was justified so that the new generation, new activists could find a place for themselves.

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) was a towering presence in Polish cinema for six decades. His films, showing the horror of the German occupation of Poland, won awards at Cannes and established his reputation as both story-teller and commentator on Poland's turbulent history. As well as his impressive career in TV and film, he also served on the national Senate from 1989-91.

Listeners: Jacek Petrycki

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Tags: The Birchwood, The Party

Duration: 1 minute, 30 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008