ⓘ The Wedding (1972 film)

The Wedding (1972 film)

ⓘ The Wedding (1972 film)

Wesele is a motion picture made in 1972 in Poland by Andrzej Wajda as an adaptation of a play by the same title written by Stanislaw Wyspianski in 1901. Wajda also directed "Wesele" for the theatre.

"Wesele" is a defining work of Polish drama written at the turn of the 20th century. It describes the perils of the national drive toward self-determination after the Polish uprisings of November 1830 and January 1863, the result of the Partitions of Poland. It also refers to the Galician slaughter of 1846. The plot is set at the wedding of a member of Krakow intelligentsia the Bridegroom, played by Daniel Olbrychski, and his peasant Bride played by Ewa Zietek. Their class-blurring union follows a fashionable trend among friends of the playwright from the modernist Young Poland movement.

The play by Wyspianski was based on a real-life event: the wedding of Lucjan Rydel at the St. Marys Basilica in Krakow and his wedding reception in the village of Bronowice. It was inspired in part also by the modernist painting of Jacek Malczewski and Maksymilian Gierymski.


1. Plot summary

A poet marries a peasant girl in Krakow. Their wedding reception follows. The celebration of the new marriage moves on from the city to the villagers house. In the rooms adjoining that of the wedding party, guests continually burst into arguments, make love, or simply rest from their merriment, dancing and feasting. Interspersed with the real guests are the well-known figures of Polish history and culture, who represent the guilty consciences of the characters. The two groups gradually begin a series of dialogues. The Poet played by Andrzej Lapicki is visited successively by the Black Knight, a symbol of the nations past military glory; the Journalist played by Wojciech Pszoniak, then by the court jester and conservative political sage Stanczyk; and the Ghost of Wernyhora Marek Walczewski, a paradigm of leadership for Poland. Wernyhora presents the Host with a golden horn symbolizing the national mission, and calls the Polish people to a revolt. One of the farm hands is dispatched to sound the horn at each corner of Poland, but he loses the horn soon after.


2. Cast

  • Andrzej Lapicki
  • Leszek Piskorz – Staszek
  • Izabella Olszewska
  • Czeslaw Wollejko – Hetman
  • Maria Konwicka – Haneczka
  • Czeslaw Niemen – Chochol voice
  • Bozena Dykiel – Kasia
  • Artur Mlodnicki – Wernyhora
  • Hanna Skarzanka – Klimina
  • Mieczyslaw Stoor – Wojtek
  • Anna Goralska – Isia
  • Wirgiliusz Gryn - Jakub Szela
  • Andrzej Szczepkowski – Nos
  • Emilia Krakowska – Marysia
  • Kazimierz Opalinski
  • Olgierd Lukaszewicz
  • Janusz Bukowski – Kasper
  • Henryk Borowski – Dziad
  • Wojciech Pszoniak -Stanczyk
  • Franciszek Pieczka – Czepiec
  • Ewa Zietek
  • Wiktor Grotowicz – Widmo
  • Gabriela Kownacka – Zosia
  • Maja Komorowska – Rachela
  • Marek Perepeczko – Jasiek
  • Daniel Olbrychski
  • Mieczyslaw Czechowicz
  • Marek Walczewski
  • Mieczyslaw Voit – Zyd,
  • Barbara Wrzesinska – Maryna
  • Malgorzata Lorentowicz – Radczyni


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