The Theater of Andrzej Wajda

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 16, 1989 - Biography & Autobiography - 135 pages
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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Contents

Introduction artistic principles and the Polish scene
1
Stylistic experimentation from A Hatful of Rain to Play Strindberg
14
Andrzej Wajdas total theatre The Possessed November Night and The Danton Affair
34
The dilemmas of liberty Abandoned by Reason and The Emigrants
56
Madness love and death Nastasya Filippovna and Crime and Punishment
67
A reckoning with the past Conversations with the Executioner and As the Days Pass As the Years Pass
89
Towards a theatre of politics Hamlet Antigone and Easter Vigil
100
Summing up the theatre of Andrzej Wajda
110
Epilogue
124
Notes
128
Index
131
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