- The Wedding (1972 film)
name =Wesele (The Wedding)
producer =Film Polski, Zespoly Realizatorow Filmowych
caption =Marek Perepeczko in "Wesele"
Stanisław Wyspiański Andrzej Kijowski(screenplay)
Andrzej Łapicki Wojciech Pszoniak
Franciszek Pieczka Marek Perepeczko
runtime =1 hr. 46 min
"Wesele (The Wedding)" is a
motion picturemade in 1972 in Polandby Andrzej Wajdaas an adaptation of a play by the same title written by Stanisław Wyspiańskiin 1901. Wajda also directed "Wesele" for the theatre.
"Wesele" is a defining work of Polish drama written at the turn of the 20th century. It describes the perils of the national drive toward self-determination after the Polish uprisings of November 1830 and January 1863, the result of the
Partitions of Poland. The plot is set at the wedding of a member of Krakówintelligentsia (the Bridegroom, played by Daniel Olbrychski), and his peasant Bride (played by Ewa Ziętek). Their class-blurring union follows a fashionable trend among friends of the playwright from the modernist Young Polandmovement.
The play by Wyspiański was based on a real-life event: the wedding of
Lucjan Rydelat the St. Mary's Basilica in Kraków and his wedding reception in the village of Bronowice. It was inspired in part also by the modernist painting of Jacek Malczewskiand Maksymilian Gierymski.
A poet marries a peasant girl. Their wedding reception follows.
The celebration of the new marriage moves on from the church to the villager's house. In the rooms adjoining that of the wedding party, guests continually burst into arguments, make love, or simply rest from their merriment, dancing and feasting. Interspersed with the real guests are the well-known figures of Polish history and culture, who represent the guilty consciences of the characters. The two groups gradually begin a series of dialogues. The Poet (played by Andrzej Łapicki) is visited successively by the Black Knight, a symbol of the nation's past military glory; the Journalist (played by
Wojciech Pszoniak), then by the court jester and conservative political sage Stańczyk; and the Ghost of Wernyhora (Marek Walczewski), a paradigm of leadership for Poland. Wernyhora presents the Host with a golden horn symbolizing the national mission, and calls the Polish people to a revolt. One of the farm hands is dispatched to sound the horn at each corner of Poland, but he loses the horn soon after.
* Silver Seashell Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.
Juliusz Słowacki Theatre
Culture of Kraków
Polish Film School
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