ACF Europe #13 Afterimage


So here’s Ricochet’s own @FlaggTaylor back on the podcast to talk about Andrzej Wajda’s artistic testament, Afterimage (2016), a movie about Poland’s most famous painter, Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who stood against Communist ideology in art education and was destroyed for it. Communism is gone, this art has survived, but on the other hand, there’s a new ideology canceling art and reducing it to ideology–the militant woke. So–art and tyranny, education, the souls of children.


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  1. Percival Thatcher

    They can’t leave art alone. They and they alone must dictate that too.

    Hey, if you want to take one of Jackson Pollock’s dropcloths and put it in a frame on a wall in the Guggenheim, go for it. Just leave the other stuff alone.

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  2. Jim Beck Inactive
    Jim Beck

    Morning Titus,

    You and Flagg make a good team.  From “The First Circle”,  “Just as King Midas turned everything to gold, Stalin turned everything to mediocrity.”  Do you think that Wajda could have included the aspects of the black market in his discussion of Strzeminski’s economic troubles.  The idea that the govt store would have the good stuff and would be the only source of x omits the black market and I think gives the Western reader an incomplete impression of Soviet economic life.  Remember the joke, they pretend to pay us and we pretend to work?  As always, good to hear you and Flagg discussing a movie.

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  3. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Of course, black markets were real, doing more or less business according to the hardship of the times & the activity of the regime.

    But since the story is about confronting a teacher & the tyranny, certain parts of reality, because they’re illegal, can’t fit in the picture. Only alluded to–such as a friend bringing him imported coffee from his personal stash… 

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  4. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera

    Thanks for the kind words, Jim–Flagg & I have a bunch more upcoming, on Communism…

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