Pan Tadeusz: The Last Foray in Lithuania

The adaptation of Adam Mickiewicz’s 12-book national epopee, written in Paris in 1832-1834. The work, filled with lyricism and longing towards the land of the writer’s childhood days, tells of hopes for overcoming the Russian invader and reclaiming one’s own country, which were briefly awakened in Poles by the Napoleon Bonaparte, the Emperor of the French. The title hero of Mickiewicz’s work is Tadeusz Soplica. He is in love with the young Zosia, granddaughter of Stolnik (Pantler) Horeszko, and at the same time – he is being seduced by Telimena, senior to them both. The key character in Andrzej Wajda’s film adaptation, though, is Jacek Soplica. Stolnik’s killer, turned penitent and secret emissary, who as Father Robak cloaked in the Benedictine habit prepares an armed uprising against the invader in Soplicowo, Lithuania. Realized with extraordinary care for the epoch’s detail, this historical spectacle is another of Wajda’s meetings with great national literature. In the words of Wajda himself, “Pan Tadeusz was filmed out of the necessity to show where we came from, who we are, what we are called, what we like, what human characters are born within us.”

  • director: Andrzej Wajda
  • script: Andrzej Wajda, Jan Nowina Zarzycki, Piotr Wereśniak
  • DoP: Paweł Edelman
  • cast: Michał Żebrowski, Bogusław Linda, Marek Kondrat, Grażyna Szapołowska, Alicja Bachleda Curu
  • duration: 147 min
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