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- November 27, 2011 at 3:10 am #342410
[size=12pt]Lech Walesa biopic begins filming[/size]
Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda has begun filming a biopic in Poland
about former president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lech Walesa.
"I don't want to but I have to," Wajda, 85, told a press conference, repeating
a famous line used by Walesa when he ran for office for the first time.
He said Walesa, 68, who launched the Solidarity union that helped topple communism
in Eastern Europe, had given his blessing to the film.
Walesa is played by Robert Wieckiewicz.
Wajda, whose previous films include The Promised Land, Man of Iron and Bafta-winner Katyn,
said it would be "the most difficult movie I have made in my life".
The Bafta fellow, who won a lifetime achievement Academy Award in 2000 for "five decades
of extraordinary film direction", said documentary footage from the Gdansk shipyard strike of
1980, led by Walesa, would be used in the film.
Screenwriter Janusz Glowacki said he took the job because he wanted to show Walesa as a
human being and not just as a hero.
"I agreed to write a script because the director told me that he didn't want to raise another Walesa monument," he said.
Leading man Robert Wieckiewicz, meanwhile, said it would be difficult to play a
contemporary character who was still alive.
"He's one of the best-known Poles. I think there are dozens of Walesa experts in Poland
and each of them will have their own opinion," he added.
Walesa, due out in autumn 2012, will cover the period from street protests by workers
in 1970 to his speech to US congress in 1989, after the end of communism in Poland
and before he became president.December 27, 2011 at 10:39 am #368105
He would definetly be in the top five most admired Europeans of the last Century in the US. Somewhere between Winston Churchill and Mik Jagger.December 27, 2011 at 11:16 am #368106
When I type into google Lech Wałęsa, I get his previous name Lejba Kohne, that means I doubt he is Polish.
Wilko? What's your opinion?December 27, 2011 at 12:20 pm #368107
AnonymousQuote:When I type into google Lech Wałęsa, I get his previous name Lejba Kohne, that means I doubt he is Polish.
Wilko? What's your opinion?
He is Polish, it's just that always this ultra-catholic "obrońcy krzyża"-type extremist chauvinists seem to have "real" jewish name for every Polish politician who in their eyes has betrayed Poland. It's their silly justification for all Polish political failure (that they are jews).December 27, 2011 at 4:09 pm #368108
Song in honour of Lechu.
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