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The Wedding

Stanislaw Wyspianski's famous play Wesele, set in a partitioned Poland in 1900, concerns the wedding of a poet and a peasant girl; some guests condemn the groom's marriage to a “common wench” while others accept it, and the dream of a free nation is symbolized by a ghost who calls the guests to arms. Andrzej Wajda had initially wanted to set this film adaptation in contemporary Poland but realized he could never get it past the communist censors. As a result this 1972 film may seem a little obscure to non-Polish viewers, but the contrast between its drunken, almost orgiastic celebration (joined by the camera itself) and its meditation on national identity is a vivid one. 110 min.

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