"Out of the limelight" film reviews 2
04.27
2018

"The film “Out of the limelight” is like an essay. A good essay is when,we don’t find direct answers to the questions, but we get inspired to find them on our own" -

dr Katarzyna Taras, film expert, film critic

“The film “Out of the limelight” is like an essay. A good essay is when,we don’t find direct answers to the questions, but we get inspired to find them on our own. What interested me in the story about Zygmunt Lubicz-Zaleski most, is the relationship between the humanist and the patriot, and how the Zaleski spouses have been described in the film.. I must admit that I am much closer to the attitude of the wife of the film's hero, Maria Zdziarska, a doctor who took part in the 1920 war and wrote down her memoirs. Incidentally, the story of this fantastic woman, a prisoner of Pawiak and Ravensbruck, who in the concentration camp did not hesitate to perform the treatment of the pneumothorax suffered by the inmate, shows how emancipated Polish women living in the interwar period were; and how the institution of marriage was treated at that time. In my interpretation, Maria Zaleska is a quiet character of this film. The second thing worth reflection is Zygmunt Zaleski's understanding of being called the "ambassador of the Polish cause" – of the role and importance of education. Zygmunt Zaleski was not only the creator of the only Polish high school that could work freely during World War II in Europe (Cyprian Kamil Norwid's high school in Villard-de-Lans), but also the organizer of education dealing with extreme conditions, like in Buchenwald, which he was send to. It is outstanding (especially today) how he perceived teaching and learning as civic duties. Zaleski instilled this values in his children, which is confirmed by the memory of his son, who during the occupation,took part in a conspiracy took but also in a in a secret teaching, because he considered them as a form of resistance to the enemy. Thirdly, this film seems particularly important to me during the discussion on refugees, debates "to let them in - or not?" (Of course, yes), because it reminds us that the Poles were also refugees, because it was for whom Zygmunt Zaleski organized the mentioned high school. And one more thing, Zaleski chose to work with the Polish minority in France because he did not like the quarrels and disputes that took place in independent Poland. Like a real intellectual, being aware that his destiny is “to service and to, sacrifice”, he preferred to return to France to those who needed him, rather than to deal with barren disputes. He knew that there, in exile, he would be more useful. And yet another important concept for an intellectual is "usefulness." On the one hand, such faith in ethos, willingness to act - they comfort the viewers, but on the other hand - it makes them sad that we were divided in such joyous circumstances of regaining independence. I do not know if it was the intention of the authors of the film, but they reminded us that history does not repeat itself, it only maliciously rhymes. "

dr Katarzyna Taras, film expert, film critic

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