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The Illumination (1973)

Iluminacja (original title)
Tabloid life of a physicist; his work, his love life and his quest for the meaning beyond.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Franciszek Retman
Monika Dzienisiewicz-Olbrychska ...
Jan Skotnicki ...
Chory the Mathematician
Wlodzimierz Zonn ...
University Dean (as Prof. Dr. Wlodzimierz Zonn)
Bogdan Mielnik ...
Himself (as Bogdan Mielnik PhD)
Wladyslaw Turski ...
Himself (as Wladyslaw Turski PhD)
Wlodzimierz Zawadzki ...
Assistant (as Wlodzimierz Zawadski PhD)
Lukasz Turski ...
Himself (as Dr. Lukasz Turski)
Jadwiga Colonna-Walewska ...
Franciszek's Mother (as J. Colonna-Walewska)
K. Ernst
Irena Horecka ...
Sick Mother (as I. Horecka)
J. Illasiewicz
J. Klamerus


Tabloid life of a physicist; his work, his love life and his quest for the meaning beyond.

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December 1978 (USA)  »

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Illumination  »

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A genius in search of a soul and the meaning of life
20 January 2005 | by (Michigan, US) – See all my reviews

Get genial. Go to army. Blow your chance with the love of your life. Get sex, get married, get kids and social "respectability". Work in a well reputed scientific research institute.

After such an impressive "carreer", start seeking your soul. To get it, leave everything behind and get to the monastery to become a monk. For some,(the weaker minded I would like to believe) this is a gift from god: the "illumination" ! as simple as that.

For others, I believe the meaning is the failure of a genius to be a "social beast" and find happiness this way among his fellow people. As once Kant (?) said, the superior being (man) is self-sufficient to himself. He can find peace only in the defiance of secluding himself in a monastery in a country ruled by a communist regime.

Excellent movie, more actual and dangerous than anything in these materialistic days of our modern society. No wonder you can't find a copy to buy anywhere in the US.

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