Afterimage ★★★★

In post-WWII Poland, the abstract artist and popular professor Wladyslaw Strzeminski came into conflict with the repressive Communist regime that emphasized social realism as the only valid art form. That is the basis for the great Polish auteur film maker Andrzej Wajda's last film (he died in 2016), continuing his career-long indictment of Stalinism. Strzeminski was a double amputee, having lost an arm and a leg in World War One; and the fine actor Boguslaw Linda, aided by amazing special effects, convincingly hobbled through the role (honestly, I had to Google him to make sure he really wasn't an actual amputee.) The film was beautifully shot and a convincing, if ultimately tragic biopic about an artist destroyed by political expediency.

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