Kamis, 03 Maret 2011

Na wylot aka Through and Through (1973) - Grzegorz Krolikiewicz

"Królikiewicz's radical debut is representative of his parallel pursuits - as a filmmaker as well as film theorist - and employs his crucial theory of 'out-of-frame cinematic space'. The first film in his trilogy (together with Tanczacy Jastrzab and Wieczne Pretensje) portraying typical Polish anti-heroes imprisoned by reality, Na Wylot criticized the nihilism and depravity created by the socio-political system."

the FIPRESCI Prize and the Ecumenical Film Prize at the Mannheim-Heidelberg International Film Week, 1973
the Josef von Sternberg Prize awarded to Grzegorz Krolikiewicz, 1973
Grand Prix, Golden Grape at the Lubuskie Film Summer in Lagow, 1978
Best Leading Role Award, Best Music Award and prize awarded by the Polish Association of Film Critics, the Don Quixote, at the Lubuskie Film Summer in Lagow, 1973
Golden Camera – ‘Film’ magazine award for Best Direction Debut, 1973
the Zbyszek Cybulski prize awarded to Franciszek Trzeciak, 1974

"Na wylot" is an extraoridinary film. Such was also its reception. The critic were ecstatic. Królikiewicz's first full-feature was compared to Dostoyevski's "Crime and Punishment" or to Bergman's oeuvre. It was considered equally great as Wajda's films. "Na Wylot" won three prizes (for best sound, best music and best male actor) in National Feature Film Festiwal in Lagow. It was as well mentioned by the jury of prestigious film festival in Mannheim.
Audience's reaction couldn't be more different from that of the critics. First screenings saw extreme discontent. Had the director been present on them, he'd likely be lynched. The film was mostly immediately dropped from schedules. Cursings and swearings at the director and producers were rife. All that since "Na Wylot" is not an easy film to watch. It is an execution of "space out-of-film-frame" theory, earlier formulated by Królikiewicz. According to the director, the space in the film was supposed to deepen the layer of meaning of the film and not only serve to develop the story. That led to methods of composing the frame in a way providing of narration also be developed out of the frame.
[spoiler ahead]
Narrative of "Na Wylot" is a subjective reconstruction of a crime, based on a true story that happened in 1930s. Married couple, named Malisz cannot find their place in social reality of the time. They originally meet in a drinkers' den. He loses his job and they are expelled from the family house. Lack of understanding and poverty lead them to commit a crime. They rob and murder tree elderly and helpless people and for the money they spend the night in a luxury hotel. They are quickly busted and get death sentence. At the trial, their stance is extraoridinary, they both plead quilty, but try to convince the court of partner's innocence.

[from review by Jerzy Uszyński, published in 1997]
The film is shocking even until today. It is build more like music composition due to its changing rhythms as opposed to, say, stillness of paintings or mandatory narrative in literary work. This is a special language proposed by Królikiewicz, set loose from the confines of narrative as well as rules of visual composition.
But most shocking is a total lack of any judgment on the part of the director in this story of a brutal crime. Absolute idological indifference, or transparency in the place where judgment seemed almost mandatory.

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