• Postać Adama Chmielowskiego św. Brata Alberta w filmie "Brat naszego Boga" Krzysztofa Zanussiego

Postać Adama Chmielowskiego św. Brata Alberta w filmie "Brat naszego Boga" Krzysztofa Zanussiego

DOI: https://doi.org/10.19195/0860-116X.40.7
Mariusz Ślipko
Google Scholar Mariusz Ślipko


The character of Adam Chmielowski St. Brother Albert in the film Our God’s brother directed by Krzysztof Zanussi
The film Our God’s Brother, directed by Krzysztof Zanussi in 1997, is the adaptation of Karol Wojtyła’s drama of the same title. Adam Chmielowski, who was later known as St. Brother Albert, is the main character in the film. He lived between 1845 and 1916 in the times of the industrial revolution, which led many people to misery. Brother Albert was an artist and painter by profession. Feeling that he was called by God, he decided to give up painting and he started helping the homeless. In his film, Krzysztof Zanussi shows Brother Albert’s path to holiness and the roots of his heroism. The article consists of five points. The first one focuses on the characteristics and structure of the film. The second one briefly shows the story of Adam Chmielowski’s life. In the third part the play by Karol Wojtyła entitled Our God’s Brother is described. The fourth part shows how Krzysztof Zanussi adapted the play into a film, and it also presents a film portrayal of St. Brother Albert. Finally, the conclusion shows the essence of the main character’s holiness. The film can be divided into two parts. In the first one Adam Chmielowski discerns his vocation. In the second one, after his decision to serve the homeless, his vocation develops and he becomes a friar. His service is based on his trust to the Creator and him following merciful Christ. It leads to the fullness of his humanity, freedom and happiness.

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