This book sets out to provide a critical evaluation of Andrzej Wajda's work for the theatre. The book examines his career, focusing especially on such milestone productions as his adaptations of Dostoyevsky. The author seeks to reveal the link between his art and Polish culture.
Andrzej Wajda stands as one of the leading film-makers in contemporary European cinema, although his equally important theatrical achievements have remained less well-known. This book provides the first account and critical evaluation of this Polish director's work for the theatre. Maciej Karpinski examines Wajda's theatrical career focusing especially on such milestone productions as his internationally acclaimed adaptations of Dostoyevsky. Through an analysis of Wajda's aesthetic views and resultant productions, the study also reveals the vital link between his art and contemporary Polish culture. Karpinski is in a unique position to present a study of Wajda. Since 1974 he has collaborated with the director on a number of productions including The Affair, The Emigrants, and Nastasya Filippovna. As the most complete study of Wajda in the theatre, this book will enable students and teachers to have a fuller knowledge of this important twentieth-century director. The book also contains a full chronology of his theatrical career as well as photographs from productions.
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Andrzej Wajda: an artistic chronology; 1 Introduction: artistic principles and the Polish scene; 2 Stylistic experimentation: from A Hatful of Rain to Play Strindberg; 3. Andrzej Wajda's 'total theatre': The Possessed, November Night and The Danton Affair; 4. The dilemmas of liberty: Abandoned by Reason and The Emigrants; 5. Madness, love and death: Nastasya Filippovna and Crime and Punishment; 6. A reckoning with the past: Conversations with the Executioner and As the Days Pass, As the Years Pass; 7. Towards a theatre of politics: Hamlet, Antigone and Easter Vigil; 8. Summing up: the theatre of Andrzej Wajda; Epilogue; Notes; Index.
The Theater of Andrzej Wajda by Maciej Karpinski
Directors in Perspective
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