First performed in 1901, Stanislaw Wyspianski’s play turns the marriage of a poet and a peasant into a state-of-the-nation allegory about the attractions and pitfalls of national self-determination at a time when independent Poland didn’t exist. Wajda’s splendidly grotesque adaptation pulls out every cinematic stop in emphasising the piece’s phantasmagorical elements as his camera hurtles from reality to fantasy.

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