On the Silver Globe
Manufacturing on andrzej Zulawski’s at the silver globe became stopped by poland’s communist ministry of subculture in 1977. Officially too luxurious to hold, the film turned into in fact too politically incorrect to handle. It wasn’t until 1987 that Zulawski became allowed to tinker with the incomplete pictures and assemble it into what it presently is: “a stump of a film,” in step with his off-display screen establishing remark. The film gives itself each as a narrative and an essay upon its own making.
The literal plot, having to do with a set of space travelers discovering a new planet and building a civilization from scratch, is juxtaposed with documentary pictures of the crumbling failed experiment that was communist poland. At the silver globe is immensely wealthy as an act of philosophical inquiry. Its talk full of expertly disguised nuggets borrowed from the likes of norman mailer and karl marx, the movie is a desperate meditation on the human starvation for faith, in addition to our shared want of filing ourselves to figures of authority. As such, it’s probably the bravest polish film ever made.