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Since time immemorial, filmmakers have imagined the uiltimate banquet or party sequence. The irony is that Andrzej Wajda has already nailed it with his film, "The Wedding," about a rambunctious wedding reception in Poland in 1900 that consumes most of the movie's running time. As much as the heightened emotions on display might have to do with the near toxic levels of vodka consumed, a more probable cause is the way people act when they finally have something to celebrate, leading to an all-time classic hangover whose effects will be felt for quite some time.
This is also at a time when there is no independent Polish state, Poland having been long consumed by other empires. Just as there is as much foreshadowing to the future of nationalism, there are just as many references to the past, and not just in the way the characters are dressed. One part of the future is the fact that the bride(Ewa Zietek) and groom(Daniel Olbrychski) are from different social classes, a fact once thought unimaginable.
Based on one of the most famous plays by Stanislaw Wyspianski, The Wedding follows events at the titular feast. There, reality merges with fantasy, just to create a mysterious aura surrounding the whole party. Some of the guests have strange visions, others are too drunk to even respond. It's a mythical film, which expresses the author's deep patriotism and hatred towards the three invaders - Prussia, Austria, Russia. Its substance is full of ambiguous messages, dialogues that are full of passion and vigor, and the whole is perfectly strengthened by a stellar cast.
Based on a classic drama by Wyspianski.
Wajdas adaptation of Wyspianskis fin de siecle-play is a delirious work of art, and a rather unothodox lesson in Polish history as well. For non-Polish history buffs the movie should come with footnotes though, since it's not always obvious which authentic events and persons the story refers to. But Wajdas main purpose of the movie is of course to turn Wyspianskis original text into a subtle commentary of life in Poland during authoritarian communist rule. The pre-apocalyptic atmosphere and growing sense of dread is created by brilliant contrastic lighting and sometimes near-chaotic photography. Add to that a pretty weird soundtrack and you have a masterpiece.
Great movie based on a really great polish literature.
Today I'm focused around films with weddings I'm remember so far, cause of friend's wedding :). Just quick rating.