The Theater of Andrzej Wajda
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.
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Introduction artistic principles and the Polish scene
Stylistic experimentation from A Hatful of Rain to Play Strindberg
Andrzej Wajdas total theatre The Possessed November Night and The Danton Affair
The dilemmas of liberty Abandoned by Reason and The Emigrants
Madness love and death Nastasya Filippovna and Crime and Punishment
A reckoning with the past Conversations with the Executioner and As the Days Pass As the Years Pass
Towards a theatre of politics Hamlet Antigone and Easter Vigil
Summing up the theatre of Andrzej Wajda
Abandoned by Reason achieved acting action actors adaptation Andrzej Wajda Antigone artistic Ashes and Diamonds atmosphere audience auditorium Camus characters classics concept contemporary contrast conventional costumes Cracow created creative Crime and Punishment critics Danton Affair Days Pass depicting dialogue director Dostoyevsky Dostoyevsky's novel drama Durrenmatt Easter Vigil effect Emigrants emotional feature film final freedom Gdansk Grotowski Hamlet Hatful of Rain historical human ideas improvisation intellectual Jan Nowicki Jerzy Binczycki Jerzy Stuhr Krystyna Zachwatowicz light Moczarski moral murder Nastasya Filippovna November Night performance Photo Play Strindberg Poland Polish theatre political Polityka Porfiry portrayed Possessed premiere presented Prince Myshkin psychological Raskolnikov realism rehearsals Robespierre Rogozhin role scene social spectators stage Stanislaw Markowski Stary Teatr Stavrogin style Swinarski symbol Tadeusz Lomnicki Theatre Festival theme tradition tragic Verkhovensky Wajda's films Wajda's production Wajda's theatrical Warsaw Wedding Wojciech Plewinski Wojciech Pszoniak Wyspianski Zbigniew Cybulski Zygmunt