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Afterimage

Powidoki

Réalisé par Andrzej Wajda
Pologne, 2016
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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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Afterimage Réalisé par Andrzej Wajda
While Afterimage certainly does not promote communist ideology, it is still a work of art laden with social purpose or utility, that is, to champion artistic freedom and condemn totalitarianism. Wajda’s film might be social rather than socialist realism, but its purposefulness is nonetheless contradictory to its subject’s insistence on the autonomy of art.
June 26, 2017
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Despite the film’s flaws, which include it bordering on meretriciousness—ironic considering its vanguardist subject matter, as well as being a far cry, both aesthetically and contextually, from Wajda’s earlier films—it’s important as both the final entry in a venerated career and a reminder to continue resisting authoritarian regimes.
May 26, 2017
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It’s mounted in a classical, beautifully understated style that throughout conveys the assurance of a true master. It’s one of those films that doesn’t ask to be liked or admired, but only to be heard. Like Darkness at Noon, Nineteen Eighty-Four and other anti-Communist literary classics, its descent into the hell of totalitarianism isn’t softened by a glimmer of solace at the end. It’s the testimony of an artist who has seen the worst of Polish history and demands that it not be forgotten.
May 19, 2017
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