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“The View from a Cathedral” 

HD, 53 min. 2017

poster by K.Milkiewicz
 

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.

Baczko
prof.  Bronisław Baczko
 
talking
               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. 

actors:

Stanisław Elsner-Załuski
- Marek Siemek

Stephen Boden - Schiller
Uwe von Seltmann - Hegel
Leszek Krakowiak - Marx


interviews:

Rainer Adolphi
Bronisław Baczko
Janusz Dobieszewski
Erich Fuchs
Wolfram Hogrebe
Christoph Horn

Andrzej Kaniowski
Jakub Kloc-Konkołowicz
Janusz Marchwiński
Andrzej Mencwel

Jacek Migasiński
Wiesław Milkiewicz
Jerzy Niecikowski
Pawel Pasieka
Marcin Poręba
Marco Ivaldo
Ludger Kunhard
Piotr Lasota-Hirszowicz
Ives Radrizzani
Wirginia Siemek
Michal Sobleman
Hartmut Traub
Teresa Tomaszewska
Lech Witkowski
Gottfried Willems

and others

Production Team:

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

Supported by:
 
Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation

Author's Society ZAiKS  

Warsaw University

Orlen Deutchland


trailer
(with a previous title "Department of Historical Necessity"

a Delos Films production

Designed by Joanna Bartnik modified by Patryk Radzicki