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Dostoyevsky's The Devils


The Wedding in theatre
Andrzej Wajda Film-maker
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In the meantime, Zygmunt Hubner gave me the opportunity to direct a play in the Stary Teatr because he had transferred from Teatr Wybrzeże to Stary Teatr where he was in charge and where he remembered me as his director and he wanted me to do The Wedding for him. He chose it himself; there's a great tradition of performing The Wedding in Kraków. The world premiere of this play was performed there in 1901. Here was where I encountered The Wedding for the first time and all of the problems that I mentioned when I talked about the film. Namely, I tried to show The Wedding as an event which isn't enveloped in dreary national reverence, but as an event that has something of a filmed news report for TV. I wasn't completely successful with this for various reasons but it was an important experience for me. I think that production of The Wedding was well received.

W międzyczasie jeszcze Zygmunt Hubner dał mi szansę wyreżyserowania w Starym Teatrze, bo już przeniósł się z Teatru Wybrzeże do Starego Teatru, objął Stary Teatr, no i przypomniał sobie o mnie jako o swoim reżyserze i chciał, żebym ja zrobił dla niego przedstawienie Wesela. Sam to wybrał, Wesele w Krakowie to jest wielka tradycja. W Krakowie była prapremiera Wesela w 1901 roku. No i ja tu pierwszy raz spotkałem się z Weselem i z tymi wszystkimi problemami, o których opowiedziałem z okazji filmu. Mianowicie, próbowałem jakby tu to Wesele pokazać jako ewenement taki, no... że to nie jest to wydarzenie takie ciężkie, narodowe nabożenstwo, tylko że to jest wydarzenie, które ma coś z telewizyjnego reportażu, filmowego reportażu. No nie udało mi się to przeprowadzić do końca z różnych względów, ale ważnym to było dla mnie doświadczeniem. Myślę, że to Wesele dobrze było przyjęte.

Polish film director Andrzej Wajda (1926-2016) was a towering presence in Polish cinema for six decades. His films, showing the horror of the German occupation of Poland, won awards at Cannes and established his reputation as both story-teller and commentator on Poland's turbulent history. As well as his impressive career in TV and film, he also served on the national Senate from 1989-91.

Listeners: Jacek Petrycki

Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki was born in Poznań, Poland in 1948. He has worked extensively in Poland and throughout the world. His credits include, for Agniezka Holland, Provincial Actors (1979), Europe, Europe (1990), Shot in the Heart (2001) and Julie Walking Home (2002), for Krysztof Kieslowski numerous short films including Camera Buff (1980) and No End (1985). Other credits include Journey to the Sun (1998), directed by Jesim Ustaoglu, which won the Golden Camera 300 award at the International Film Camera Festival, Shooters (2000) and The Valley (1999), both directed by Dan Reed, Unforgiving (1993) and Betrayed (1995) by Clive Gordon both of which won the BAFTA for best factual photography. Jacek Petrycki is also a teacher and a filmmaker.

Tags: The Wedding, Stary Teatr, Teatr Wybrzeże, Kraków, Zygmunt Hubner

Duration: 1 minute, 16 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008