Success Is The Best Revenge

  • 1984
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

Polish-born director Jerzy Skolimowski approaches one of his most common themes, the plight of the exiled Pole, in an intensely complex barrage of spectacular images. Alex Rodak (Michael York) is an exiled playwright, living with his wife and two sons in London, where he is producing an abstract political play concerning Poland and its exiles. Though struggling...read more

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Polish-born director Jerzy Skolimowski approaches one of his most common themes, the plight of the exiled Pole, in an intensely complex barrage of spectacular images. Alex Rodak (Michael York) is an exiled playwright, living with his wife and two sons in London, where he is producing an

abstract political play concerning Poland and its exiles. Though struggling to pay rent on his fashionable apartment, Alex finagles his way through some touchy situations, taking advantage of people without the least bit of remorse. The play is also financially threatened. As a last resort, Alex

appeals to sleazy businessman Dino Montecurva (John Hurt) for the necessary funding. In contrast to Alex's self-absorbed exploits are those of his eldest son, Adam (Michael Lyndon), a high-school student facing an identity crisis spurred on by his alienation from his "true" home, Poland. As his

father runs about making a fool of himself in the name of art, Adam becomes increasingly disgusted and secretly plots to return to Poland on his own. Despite a puzzlingly complicated narrative structure (it skips about with little warning or preparation, combining realism with fantasy sequences

that are impossible to differentiate as such), SUCCESS IS THE BEST REVENGE is a bold and probing search into the forces that mold political idealism into hypercritical complacency. In addition, Skolimowski insightfully constructs the growing conflict between father and son that erupts into total

separation.

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  • Released: 1984
  • Rating: NR
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