a story lives forever
Sign in
Form submission failed!

Stay signed in

Recover your password?
Form submission failed!

Web of Stories Ltd would like to keep you informed about our products and services.

Please tick here if you would like us to keep you informed about our products and services.

I have read and accepted the Terms & Conditions.

Please note: Your email and any private information provided at registration will not be passed on to other individuals or organisations without your specific approval.

Video URL

You must be registered to use this feature. Sign in or register.


Improvisation in The Idiot


The Idiot - a play in Teatr Stary
Andrzej Wajda Film-maker
Comments (0) Please sign in or register to add comments

I z dalszych moich zmagań z teatrem myślę, że warto opowiedzieć jeszcze o dwóch doświadczeniach. Po kilku latach od Zbrodni i kary pomyślałem sobie, że jest jeszcze jeden utwór Dostojewskiego, który muszę przenieść na scenę. A to jest Idiota. O Idiocie wiedziałem jedną rzecz. Mianowicie wśród rozważań na temat tej wspaniałej, genialnej, niezwykłej powieści jest też i tego rodzaju myśl, że ostatni rozdział napisany przez Dostojewskiego jest może najbardziej tajemniczym, najpiękniejszym i najsilniejszym fragmentem literatury europejskiej w ogóle.

I think it's worth my mentioning two experiences I had in my further struggles with the theatre. A few years after Crime and Punishment, I thought of another work by Dostoyevsky that I had to transfer to the stage. That was The Idiot. There was one thing I knew about The Idiot which was that among the notions about this wonderful, exceptionally clever, unique story there was one that said that the last chapter written by Dostoyevsky was perhaps the most mysterious, most beautiful and strongest fragment of all of European literature.

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: Crime and Punishement, The Idiot, Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Duration: 56 seconds

Date story recorded: August 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008