The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda returns with this passionate biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance his progressive ideas about art.
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I found this experience tiresome in the extreme, though it must be said at the outset that I have never considered myself a Wajda man. This one seems especially leaden and stagebound. For a film that purports to represent the struggle of an avant-garde artist preoccupied w/ form against a system that demanded submission to the tenants of socialist realism, AFTERIMAGE is strikingly beholden to a stultifying template.
While I loved the performance by Boguslaw Linda and the many insights into his process in this I couldn't help but feel like the direction was very single-note. As tragic a tale as it is the story telling felt very conservative and at odds with the energy and dynamism of the artist. 2.5 stars
A well made film, but this type of story and narrative are overused to the point they're so predictable, I wish filmmakers that choose to portray artists biographies would approach each project through that particular artists vision rather than just telling the story in a linear boring way. By the way, this reminds me of an oscar bait biography drama