“The View from a Cathedral”
HD, 53 min. 2017
An outstanding philosopher and his,
expelled from Poland in 1968, beloved Master.
A charismatic lecturer Prof. MAREK J. SIEMEK (1942-2011), a philosopher who conversed on equal footing with Kant, Hegel, Schiller and Fichte, fights to protect and carry on university presence of his beloved Master Prof. Bronisław Baczko (1924-2016). This struggle, according to some, contributed to Siemek's death.
prof. Bronisław Baczko
prof. Siemek encounters Friedrich Schiller and explores Las Meninas (after Velázquez)
Prof. Marek Siemek, a recipient an honorary doctorate from the University of Bonn, was considered one of the most insightful specialists in German Transcendental Idealism and was widely revered in European academic circles. He was also an important player in creating the theoretical base for the 2004 expansion of the European Union.
The 1968 anti-democratic and anti-Semitic campaign caused huge trauma which weighted heavy on Siemek’s heart. The documentary explores this emotion through memories of prof. Baczko, Siemek’s wife -Wirginia, his best friend prof. Piotr Lasota-Hirszowicz and several Polish and European philosophers.
The philosophical vistas of prof. Siemek are sketched out by his meetings with Fichte, Schiller, Hegel and Marx. Most of Siemek’s philosophical achievements sprung from his novel reading of Kant’s ethics.
Yet, none of the above achievements of philosophy shielded this brilliant mind against inner torment of consciousness and outer pressure of politics.
Stanisław Elsner-Załuski - Marek Siemek
Stephen Boden - Schiller
Uwe von Seltmann - Hegel
Leszek Krakowiak - Marx
producer/writer/director/editor - Paweł Kuczyński
camera - Jurgen Boley, Marcin Oczko, Paweł Kuczyński
music - Robert Jurjendal, Andrzej Dudek-Durer
post production supervisor/on line editor - Piotr Rejmer
color correction - Marian Tęcza
sound editors - Przemysław Jaworski
Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation
Author's Society ZAiKS
(with a previous title "Department of Historical Necessity"
a Delos Films production