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17 Ratings


Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
West Germany, 1982


Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi once more explores the dilemma of intellectualism at the expense of humanity in 1982’s Imperative.

Imperative Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1982 | 5 wins including: Best Actor (Golden Phoenix)

1982 | Honorable Mention: OCIC Award

What are people saying?

  • Karl J. Kipling's rating of the film Imperative

    Another Zanussi hero bashing his brains out against the walls of God and Truth, troubled by the world of abstractions he inhabits, obsessed with free will or lack of, God or lack of; desecrates a church, visits the madhouse, contrives his bloody penance, then, in the film's final scene, denies his ridiculous happy ending - smiling girlfriend returned, all dark clouds dissolved - with a mock round of Russian roulette.

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