The Illumination (Iluminacja) (1973)

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Illuminacja follows the education of a young man from his entry into college to his final achievement of a doctorate. Paralleling his outer education, his inner education about life, family, sexuality and spiritual values is revealed. By the time he achieves his doctorate, he has been told that he has a life-shortening heart disease. However, because of his two-fold education, he is fulfilled in what he has done and is not much distressed. This Polish film, by the notable director Krzysztof Zanussi, won many awards at Italian film festivals. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

The editing, at once jarring and exhilarating, is as revolutionary in its own way as that of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless.

Jun 19, 2014 | Full Review…

The rapid editing and self-conscious technique is sometimes irritating, but more often proves sufficiently provocative to hold attention.

Jul 6, 2010 | Full Review…
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Although Zanussi's techniques, which mix fiction with documentary footage, are intelligent, Illumination manages to become increasingly banal as its hero zeroes in on compromise: marriage, fatherhood, the acceptance of his own mortality.

May 9, 2005

Polish director Krztsztof Zanussi's third feature and his most experimental crosses narrative cinema with filmed essay in an exploration of truth, knowledge and the elusive nature of happiness.

Jun 19, 2014 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This is a glum but intellectually sound film...

Sep 2, 2003 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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