Camouflage (Barwy ochronne) (1977)





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A group of students who are participating in a university's summer science camp are drawn into an incredible quagmire of conflicts, ranging from the relatively simple conflict between an engaging and forthright young teacher and his older manipulative colleague, to a contest pitting political correctness against free scientific inquiry. Despite the murkiness of some of the issues in the latter conflict, the students pitch in enthusiastically on what they believe to be the side of righteousness, and passions rise to fever pitch. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Film Polski


Piotr Garlicki
as Jaroslaw Kruszewski Camp secretary
Mariusz Dmochowski
as Deputy Rector
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz
as Jakub Szelestowski Trustee of Camp
Christine Paul
as Nelly Livington-Pawluk
Wojciech Alaborski
as Assistant Professor
Mieczyslaw Banasik
as Mr. Joseph Member of camp staff
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Critic Reviews for Camouflage (Barwy ochronne)

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Explores how youthful idealism is crushed by the university system.

Full Review… | December 26, 2013
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Audience Reviews for Camouflage (Barwy ochronne)


With the witty satire "Camouflage," director Krzysztof Zanussi pulls off a neat trick by using that most insular of institutions, academia, to comment on the wider world, which in his case was Communist Poland. The particular target is how petty tyrants abuse their power. In introducing the movie at Lincoln Center, he was amazed that there are people who find present day examples of this. To be honest, all he has to do is look across the Hudson River for a prime example... And then there is Jaroslaw(Piotr Galicki) who needs the rector's(Marlusz Dmochowski) approval for his thesis to pass. The rector has already shown his disapproval for anything remotely connected with Kurun, banning their representatives from the academic conference. The students are in an uproar, so Professor Szelestowski(Zbigniew Zapasiewicz) orders Jaroslaw to find out who the ringleaders are. And then decides that if there is anything worth doing, it is worth doing himself, as he sets them against each other. Throughout "Camouflage," Szelestowski seeks to educate Jaroslaw in the ways of politics while using quite a few mind games.(Or maybe he is just angry with Jaroslaw for waking him up in the middle of a restful sleep the other night.) Resisting authority, Jaroslaw himself at the age of 26 is still young but bordering on mature which is older than most of the students, especially Nelly(Christine Paul) from England, who he hits on. Illustrating this paradox perfectly is his wearing a suit, along with gaudy yellow sneakers.

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