"...what these people call hysteria is, I guess, a will to provoke a certain kind of awareness, nervousness, open-eyed-ness, I don’t know what to call it. And actors who will reflect a hope on the audience. They won’t be bored. But this clinical term 'hysteria' is very hurtful to me."
The finest filmmaker of any era as far as I'm concerned. Every detail is exaggerated so that every element is imbued with meaning. I like how things in one film will pop in another like long dresses, gay brothers that are priests, exploited women exploiting pretentious men, and that the plot will reference a literary work that mirrors the lives of both the characters and the director and actors.
I wish this man's films were more easily available. Give me a blu-ray of Possession at least!
"Szamanka" is a total flop. I think that his early films such as "The Third Part of the Night" and "The Devil" constitute the highest points in Zulawski's cinematography. Both had enormous problems with communist censors. Both came ahead of time in terms of their content, narratives, style and execution. "On the Silver Globe" was blocked by the Polish authorities and resumed much too late, but it's a fascinating movie.
First-ever North American Zulawski retrospective, in LA: www.cinefamily.org/films/the-mad-unbelievable-genius-of-andrzej-zulawski/