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Roe's Room (1997)

Mieczyslaw Czepulonis , Lech Majewski  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Mieczyslaw Czepulonis
  • Directors: Lech Majewski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: August 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A33XFK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,140 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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THE ROE S ROOM (1997) In this absolutely singular autobiographical film opera (Time Out London), multi-talented composer, writer, director and artist Lech Majewski presents a stunning, intimate, and ultimately magical work of unbridled creativity. A ravishing ode to the imagination, The Roe s Room is a place where the energy of youth and the eternal power of the natural world triumph over the banalities and deprivations of the commonplace. Within their apartment, a father, mother and son bear the dulling yoke of an ordinary urban life. His mind and heart borne aloft by the cycle of the seasons and the images and music within him, the son transforms his cloistered existence into a richly poetic emotional utopia. As autumn arrives, cracking flakes of plaster become falling leaves. With spring, a cold hard floor comes alive with meadow grass and love beckons in the form of a beautiful young girl s outstretched hand. Accompanied by the Polish National Symphony Orchestra and the Silesian Opera Chorus, Majewski gilds the The Roe s Room with remarkable images (Time Out) of strange, entrancing beauty (Variety) and creates a soaring theatrical Eden in which life goes on, love blooms and dies, and nature has the final say.

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- Feature-length Audio Commentary by Lech Majewski
- Biography of Lech Majewski
- Optional English and French Subtitles


ONE OF A KIND... Absolutely singular autobiographical film opera... A beautiful cycle of life parable. --Time Out London

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This film by Lech Majewski is one of the most creative and beautiful I have ever seen. I ordered it because I passionately admire The Mill and the Cross and wanted to further explore this director's genius. I had no knowledge of the film and no expectations. What I saw skinned my eyes and ears. It is probably best categorized as an opera, although the impact on me was closer to an oratorio. I say this because the work emphasizes reflection and memory more than dramatic action. I am a specialist in classical music but this film's music and its performance had a fragile quality as if the musicians were just barely able to handle the demands of the score. The high-pitched counter-tenor (?) who sings the role of the son was especially moving because of his voice's vulnerability. In fact, vulnerability seems to be the theme of this work. All of the characters were in some way unable to fulfill their desires and dreams. They try, and try to help each other, but Life remains obdurate and causes frustration after frustration. Love appears to triumph in the end, however fragile and shy."
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2.0 out of 5 stars Opera is not really my thing January 9, 2014
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I don't want to belittle a film that is apparently admired by many, but in all honesty, I couldn't even get through the entire movie, if you can call it that. I'm not a big opera fan, especially opera that sounds Wagnerian, which you really need to be to appreciate "The Roe's Room". I don't even know why it's called "The Roe's Room".

I've now watched three Lech Majewski films, and the only one I enjoyed and was able to view in its entirety was "The Garden of Earthly Delights". In general, Majewski is too "artsy fartsy" for my taste.
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5.0 out of 5 stars You won't play it once March 11, 2010
The music is the reason to own this. Beautifully arranged with Preisner and Gorecki influences. Unfortunately a CD version is not readily available, so I find I'm playing the movie as if it were one.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Pokoj Saren September 28, 2008
Podejrzewam, ze musze byc niezmiernie znudzony osiagnieciami wspolczesnego kina swiatowego, gdyz siegnalem po kolejny film Lecha Majewskiego 'Pokoj Saren' (The Roe's Room) z 1997 roku. Calkiem niedawno obejrzalem nowsza produkcje tego rezysera, "Glass Lips' (2007), ktora - jak juz wspominalem - mi sie nie podobala. Postanowilem wiec poszukac tworczej prawdy we wczesniejszym przekazie artysty, czlowieka obdarzonego wrecz Renesansowym talentem.
'Pokoj Saren', jest to autobiograficzna opera napisana przez Majewskiego (libretto) przy pomocy Jozefa Skrzeka (muzyka) i Andrzeja Marko (instrumentalizacja), zagrana przez Orkiestre Polskiego Radia z udzialem Choru Slaskiej Opery. Film jest wiec tu medium niejako wtornym, majacym podkreslic walory artystyczne swego dzwiekowego pierwowzoru, i jako tak rozumiane, spelnia swoje zadanie. 'Pokoj Saren', jako zakurzona forma muzyczna z przeszlosci, oddaje nalezyte uklony w kierunku swoich korzeni, jednoczesnie nawiazujac do kompozytorow wspolczesnych (katarynkowe melodie Phillipa Glassa?). Musze przyznac, ze zarowno tytulowa opera jak i jej filmowy obraz z pewnoscia przyciagna burzliwe oklaski krytykow, ze wzgledu na swoja populistyczna tematyke oraz "swieta" forme, niejako apriori wymuszajaca poklony od jej odbiorcow. Niestety nie bedzie dla mnie miejsca posrod wiwatujacych. Cykliczna przeplatanka pokolen, bolesna dla wszystkich uwiklanych i gloryfikujaca mloda sile, jako mysl przewodnia, nalezy moim zdaniem do tematow juz wystarczajaco przezutych przez 'artystyczny zab czasu'.
Mysle ze filmowa wersja 'Pokoju Saren' mogla by byc przedstawiona w postaci fotograficznych migawek, z librettem w formie napisow.
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