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Krzysztof Zanussi's "The Constant Factor"

Join us on Saturday, August 9 when we see Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi's rarely screened masterpiece, The Constant Factor (1980).

"Zanussi's concern with questions of morality in a modern world has led him to create characters who, like himself, are trained in scientific thinking, but who struggle to exist in a world of emotions and, ultimately, to face the irrationality of death. The idealistic hero of The Constant Factor, Witold, (Tadeusz Bradecki) is a mathematician in search of a moral constant as pure and absolute as its mathematical counterpart, impervious to external manipulation. But manipulation is all that the hapless hero finds in the petty corruption that pervades modern Polish life, from the business world to the hospital where his mother waits dying in a drafty corridor until he can bribe her way into a room. Determined to resist complicity in a world devoid of true values, Witold loses his mother, his job and, finally, his innocence."

The Constant Factor is presented as part of the PFA's Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema retrospective (June 14 - August 21).

Pacific Film Archive Tickets, Information, and Directions:   

7:45 Purchase tickets at PFA's Box Office (2575 Bancroft) then meet across the street at Cafe Milano (2522 Bancroft) for salads/sandwiches/coffee.  

8:20 Head to PFA's theater (2575 Bancroft) to take our seats. The film program starts at 8:35.  

10:15 We will meet afterwards at Caffe Strada (two blocks up Bancroft, at 2300 College) for conversation.

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  • Richard M.

    Hi everyone. I'm belatedly writing to say how nice the Meetup was last weekend. Both the film and our thoughtful conversation afterward were nourishing - I'm still pondering the film! While I can't come to tonight's event, I hope to attend future Meetups and continue to get acquainted. Rick

    August 16, 2014

  • John

    Zanussi's understated and intelligent film generated a terrific conversation among our group's members. Thanks everyone! I liked how the director withheld key details about the protagonist's history and motivations, which left the meaning of the film quite open to interpretation. I read that Zanussi is still hard at work in the film industry. He runs Poland's TOR studio and has a film scheduled for release this year. Perhaps the PFA could do a retrospective of his work.

    August 10, 2014

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