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Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
Poland, 1977
  • Polish
  • Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi


In this dramatic and wickedly subversive portrayal of the tense conflict between students and teachers at a country summer school for linguistics, Krzysztof Zanussi offers a subtle but fierce critique of Communist Party politics and the precariousness of success in a socialist society.

Our take

In the cinema of Krzysztof Zanussi, livingly embodied & taut with the internal debates of a transforming society, the clash of Polish generations reaches its pinnacle in this richly erudite drama of debate. His usual university-educated protagonists are under his microscope—a microcosm of a nation.

Camouflage Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Critics reviews

A witty critique of diplomatic niceties in academia, it has numerous wider-world parallels to do with institutional politics in general, and not merely those operating in communist Poland. The first-time viewer might well sympathise with the idealistic young teaching assistant Jarek, but it’s his older, much more worldly colleague Jakub who imparts the most resonant home truths – and who also charts the course of Jarek’s psychological journey with unnerving prescience.
July 03, 2015
Brilliantly staged and flawlessly enacted, Camouflage is, first and foremost, a precisely modulated satire whose abrasive edges continually test our discomfort, as Zanussi puts our understanding of essential facts into question… Thanks to [Zapasiewicz’s] malicious energy, and to Zanussi’s crackling, dry humor, the academic battle of wills and intellects between the two men is animated enough to carry the entire film.
February 01, 2014
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