"Out of the limelight" film reviews 3
04.27
2018

"Biography of the hero of the film turns out to be a lesson of patriotism shaped by the best models of romantic tradition" - Dr. Radosław Osiński, film critic, film expert

"Rafael Lewandowski's film is a multi-layered story about Zygmunt Lubicz-Zaleski - a devoted humanist and social activist, fully devoted to the Polish cause, to which he dedicated his entire adult life. He lived in uneasy times, when Poland stood out for independence and defended it generously. Zaleski supported his homeland from a distance, constantly accepting the role of ambassador and animator of Polish culture in Western Europe. He spent most of his life in France, where he was constantly involved in promotion of Polish culture and science. He accepted his fate to be an emigrant. He never lost physical and emotional contact with his homeland: he often came to Poland and always had it in his heart. Film Out of the limelight, restores the memory of an unjustly forgotten researcher of romantic literature, translator, teacher, musician, poet and good spirit of the Polish cause in the West. Lewandowski's documentary not only makes Zaleski's figure very interesting, but also shows the fate of his noble family being closely related to the history of Poland. It is a poignant story about the various faces of patriotism, about the strength of family traditions, and also about Poles as Europeans. Out of the limelight is an important voice in the discussion on our identity. Everyone who is interested in Poland inscribed in the European context should see this film. "

dr Marcin Lutomierski, literary scholar, historian of Polish literature and culture

“Polish cinematography rarely portrays Poles who work for our country outside its borders. This fact strengthens the value of the full-length documentary by Rafael Lewandowski, bringing us closer to the extraordinary life history and achievements of the outstanding emigré activist, Zygmunt Lubicz-Zaleski. Biography of the hero of the film turns out to be a lesson of patriotism shaped by the best models of romantic tradition. It is also a testimony of human loyalty to the idea of ​​humanism in the face of dramatic events in the history of Europe in the 19th and 20th centuries. The archives contained in the film, statements of historians of literature, as well as relatives and friends of Lubicz-Zaleski, confirm the durability and continuity of his achievements in the field of promotion and spreading knowledge of Polish culture, art and science. A special focus of the film is put on presenting the Lubicz-Zaleski aesthetic concepts with audiovisual means. His synesthetic sensitivity becomes available to us thanks to the creative screen combinations of images and sounds, as well as the moving narrative of Wojciech Pszoniak "

Dr. Radosław Osiński, film critic, film expert, curator at the CCA Center for the Art of Film "Znaki Czasu" in Toruń

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