THE GOOD AND BAD SIDES OF THE BOOK POLITICAL CRITIQUE COMPANION TO SKOLIMOWSKI
Review of the Political Critique Companion to Skolimowski is an attempt to add a few words of commentary about the reception of production of the one of the most original directors in the history of the Polish cinema. The texts contained in the book prepared by the Political Critique did not avoid some traps. Reflection about the eponymous hero of the book — rightly regarded as a master of creating his own legend — for some of the authors became only a pretext to the unsophisticated self-creation. But most of them have found a perspective which is uncommon in the considerations about Skolimowski’s works. In this light the analysis of the Moonlighting as a prophetic warning of the errors of political transformation, or the detecting of intertextual relations with Gombrowicz’s work, not in Ferdydurke but in the much earlier The Shout is highly intriguing. Overall lecture of the book allows to see it as an unfulfilled but useful and original work. It is difficult to escape an impression that a book of Political Critique with all its cracks corresponds perfectly with the ups and downs in Skolimowski’s career.