Afterimage (Powidoki) Reviews

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July 8, 2020
Wajda's film is perfectly well-made and much of it rings immediately true...
August 27, 2018
Wajda's loving examination of heroes has reached its logical conclusion in Afterimage, with the study of Strzemiński as unforgiving as the winter.
July 29, 2018
A brilliant, straightforward and passionate homage biopic from one dissident Polish artist to another.
November 14, 2017
Andrzej Wajda shares testament with the (bold) artist Strzemiński. [Full review in Spanish]
October 4, 2017
Impeccably photographed by Pawel Edelman (The Pianist, Ray), Afterimage is a well-told story that eschews any sort of abstraction or ambiguity.
September 15, 2017
... it is famous Polish actor Boguslaw Linda who dazzles with his hidden volcano of emotion.
August 29, 2017
Afterimage becomes a fitting capstone to a remarkable career that spanned from the 1950s into the 21st Century.
July 26, 2017
This passionate yet lucid study of a Polish artist/professor holding his ground during the early Communist era is a strong story from a cinematic master.
July 26, 2017
A conventional film in its structure, analysis of characters and form, but invaluable epilogue to a fundamental career in the history of cinema. [Full review in Spanish]
July 24, 2017
A fairly conventional biopic about a highly unconventional artist.
June 15, 2017
Deliberately paced, bleak and a touch repetitive, Afterimages is a swan song from one of the greats, who, much like his subject, leaves viewers with a treatise on how to look at the world.
June 2, 2017
Afterimage exudes an energy and clarity that elevate it above its familiar cold war setting, to serve as a worthy statement from a true master of the cinematic arts.
June 2, 2017
It seems apropos that Afterimage is Wajda's last film as it makes him ever-present after death.
May 28, 2017
a dramatization of how even a very strong personality can be ground down between the stones of clashing political ideologies.
May 26, 2017
Wajda brings such a controlled fervor to this portrait because it's clear that, like Strzeminski, he identifies as a dissident in dangerous times.
May 26, 2017
It is an angry, vivid, passionate film, and cinema is worse off now that Wajda -- one of the truly towering greats of the form -- has passed away.
May 25, 2017
"Afterimage" feels vividly connected to the Polish auteur's beginnings, yet also acts as the kind of haunting close that sums up a life.
May 19, 2017
Afterimage is mounted in a classical, beautifully understated style that throughout conveys the assurance of a true master.
May 19, 2017
Penetrating examination of how an avant-garde artist true to the vision of the early days of the USSR collided with the reactionary "Socialist Realism" diktats of Poland's Stalinist bureaucracy.
May 18, 2017
Well-shot and mildly compelling with a strong performance by Boguslaw Linda that rises above the stodgy screenplay and monotonous tone.
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