Movie Diary 11/15/2017

The Wedding (Andrzej Wajda, 1973). So I am at the Camerimage film festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland, and amid the new movies and seminars, they showed this vintage Wajda film with cinematographer Witold Sobocinski in attendance. The film is a crazed fantasia on Polish history and identity, crammed into a single wedding night, and thus it has references that went over my head. But it’s gorgeously restored, and a colorful window onto both early-70s Polish cinema and the folk tradition of countryside rituals and ghosts. Sobocinski was a poetic commentator, confessing that he has “a jazzman’s soul,” and speaking to the arrangement of color in the way you hope cinematographers would. Also, the film has Maja Komorowska (later of Zanussi’s Ways of the Night and Year of the Quiet Sun) as a free spirit whom Sobocinski tried to visually turn into a butterfly, as he put it.

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