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The Structure of Crystal 1969 / Struktura krysztalu film review


The Structure of Crystal 1969 film review

The Structure of Crystal (1969, Poland)

Original title
Struktura krysztalu
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Running time
74 minutes
Language
Polish
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Our rating
★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 7 / 10

The story of a talented scientist, who moved to the secluded village, and his confrontation with his friend, who is continuing the science career. Marek works at the university, and visits his friend Jan, the physicist, who after graduation moved to the countryside, where he works as a meteorologist and has married a local teacher. Marek wants to persuade Jan to return to science work in Warsaw. The content of the film is a conflict between two attitudes to life, their discussions and disputes. Can Jan be persuaded?

This film was an event in Polish cinema, both because of the subject (moral crisis, the problems of determining the directions of ones career) and form (a kind of loose essay). Director Krzysztof Zanussi is often called an intellectual in Polish cinema, he studied physics, philosophy and film direction. This film is his big screen debut. Like many of his subsequent films was shot in real locations: laboratories, hospitals, homes, etc. Many elements in his style of directing reminds of reportage rather than feature films. Often in his films Zanussi casted amateurs as actors. His films have been appreciated and have won many awards in Poland and abroad. This is an outstanding director and outstanding films, but rather aiming to a more demanding audience. It should be noted that the film was made in a unique historical period - a year after the so-called March Events - students demonstrations in Warsaw in 1968. Perhaps today in the "rat race era" it is worth to see this film.


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Creators of The Structure of Crystal


Krzysztof Zanussi films

Krzysztof Zanussi

director

Krzysztof Zanussi films

Krzysztof Zanussi

screenplay



Cast of The Structure of Crystal


Andrzej Zarnecki films

Andrzej Zarnecki

as Marek

Jan Myslowicz films

Jan Myslowicz

as Jan

Barbara Wrzesinska films

Barbara Wrzesinska

as Anna

Wladyslaw Jarema films

Wladyslaw Jarema

as grandfather

Adam Debski films

Adam Debski

as forest ranger

Franciszek Starowieyski films

Franciszek Starowieyski

as himself

Daniel Olbrychski films

Daniel Olbrychski

as himself


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