1977. Poland. Krzysztof Zanussi. 102 min.
Sunday, January 30, 2011, 4:30 p.m.
Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2
1977. Poland. Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. With Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul. In this dramatic and wickedly subversive portrayal of the tense conflict between students and teachers at a country summer school for linguistics, Zanussi offers a subtle but fierce critique of Communist Party politics and the precariousness of success in a socialist society. Zanussi once said that he chose to study physics because “the ideological pressure [of Stalinism] didn’t apply to the world of precise calculation.” But linguistics is another matter altogether, for words are slippery and fraught with peril. In Polish; English subtitles. 102 min.