The Illumination (Iluminacja)
The Illumination (Iluminacja) (1973)

Illuminacja follows the education of a young man from his entry into college to his final achievement of a doctorate. Paralleling his outer education, his inner education about life, family, sexuality and spiritual values is revealed. By… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 29, 1973
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader

The editing, at once jarring and exhilarating, is as revolutionary in its own way as that of Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless.

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Philip Kemp
Total Film

Polish director Krztsztof Zanussi's third feature and his most experimental crosses narrative cinema with filmed essay in an exploration of truth, knowledge and the elusive nature of happiness.

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Chris Petit
Time Out

The rapid editing and self-conscious technique is sometimes irritating, but more often proves sufficiently provocative to hold attention.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This is a glum but intellectually sound film...

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Although Zanussi's techniques, which mix fiction with documentary footage, are intelligent, Illumination manages to become increasingly banal as its hero zeroes in on compromise: marriage, fatherhood, the acceptance of his own mortality.

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