Illumination on DVD from Second Run in January
"Of the third postwar generation of Polish directors... the most important is Krzysztof Zanussi"
David Cook, A History of Narrative Film
Unanimous winner of all three main prizes at the 1973 Locarno International Film Festival, Zanussi’s landmark film is a dazzling kaleidoscope of ideas and images. Illumination explores the life of a self-absorbed young physicist trying to understand his place in the universe. He thinks science will provide the answers, but ultimately learns far more about himself through experiencing love, betrayal, loss, and facing his own mortality. As much a philosophical essay as a narrative feature Illumination is a cinematic mosaic combining art and science, intellect and emotion. Innovatively structured, this unflinching examination of one man’s life became an iconic cultural marker for a whole generation.
"A dazzling, cinematic Bildungsroman about a gifted young physicist, his intellectual and spiritual development, his marriage, fatherhood and intimations of mortality" Philip French, The Observer
"Zanussi creates a visually complex, incisive, and compassionate examination of the essence of knowledge and truth" Strictly Film School
"Zanussi's astounding cerebral odyssey Illumination questions nothing less than the fabric of the known universe" David Jenkins, Sight & Sound
DVD special features:
• Newly filmed, exclusive interview with director Krzysztof Zanussi.
• Presented from a superb new high-definition restoration of the film, approved by the director.
• A Trace (Ślad) - Marcin Latałło’s acclaimed 1996 short film about his father, the lead actor in Illumination, Stanisław Latałło.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Booklet featuring a new essay by film critic and author Michał Oleszczyk.
Release date: 27 January 2014
SECOND RUN DVD 077
RRP: £12.99 BBFC cert: 15 Feature: 89 minutes Special features: 46 mins
Language: Polish; Subtitles: English
Illumination was previous released as part of the Second run Polish Cinema Classic Volume II collection which our very own Clydefro Jones reviewed here