Camouflage

Camouflage

dir.

Krzysztof Zanussi

1976, 1 h 38 min
“All people are conformists just like you and I” – this is one of the lessons that a young linguist, Jarek Kruszyński, learns from his senior colleague, associate professor Jakub Szelestowski. The lessons are taught at a linguists’ summer camp in which the two scientists take part. Jarek, a young idealist who on one hand learns very soon how corrupted and intellectually shallow the scientific milieu is, while on the other hand, he also learns that he is not free from hypocrisy himself.

One of the greatest works of the Cinema by the Moral Concern Movement with the great part of Zbigniew Zapasiewicz as a contemporary Mephistopheles. The director, Krzysztof Zanussi, intended to make this story of the seduction of a young idealist into a discourse on nature and culture but the contemporary audience chose to interpret the scholarly milieu as a metaphor for Poland of the 1970s, a system deprived of ethical foundations which created cynics and conformists. As the director later remarked: “the reality presented on the screen has altered only in some details since”…

Written by: Krzysztof Zanussi
Director of photography: Edward Kłosińki
Music by: Wojciech Kilar
Production design by: Tadeusz Wybult, Maciej Putowski, Ewa Braun, Joanna Lelanow
Costume design by: Anna Biedrzycka
Make-up: Maria Papińska
Editing: Urszula Śliwińska
Sound: Wiesława Dembińska
Cast: Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul, Mariusz Dmochowski(prorector), Wojciech Alaborski(dozent Kiszewski from Wrocław), Mieczysław Banasik(Mr Józef), Krystyna Bigelmajer(Mrs Zofia), Jadwiga Colonna-Walewska(dean’s office director), Alfred Freudenheim(management representative), Marian Glinka(manager of the resort), Anna Grzeszczak(girl from the kitchen), Iwona Słoczyńska(Mrs Ania), Krystyna Sznerr(Mrs Magda), Lech Emfazy Stefański(dozent), Marek Wojciechowski(Mr Franek), Magdalena Zawadzka(Mariola, prorector’s wife), Eugeniusz Priwiezieńcew(Konrad Raczyk, student from Toruń, Riccardo Salvino(camp participant from Italy), Andrzej Bartmański, Hanna Bieluszko(student), Hanna Bieniuszewicz(student), Ryszard Faron(Grusznic, student), Mieczysław Hryniewicz(student), Małgorzata Jarmicka, Dorota Kamińska(studentka Maria Piechowiak, zwyciężczyni konkursu), Tomasz Kamiński, Ilona Łepkowska
Production manager: Tadeusz Drewno
Produced by: PRF “Zespoły Filmowe” – Zespół “Tor”

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