The topic of the presentation is an analysis of the specific perception of Europe by two great artists from the East: Andrei Tarkovski (Nostalgia 1983) and Tadeusz Kantor (Wielopole, Wielopole, 1980, a theatrical spectacle staged as part of the Florentine programme at Teatro Regionale Toscano, Florence). The motif of the return home is inscribed into the Italian cultural landscape and experiences. The next problem is the inclusion of local, own cultural tradition into the universal entity. Both works share the motif of coming back home, nostalgia, the experiencing of the province, an epiphany of poor reality, and the significance of 'lowest rank regions'. Analysing the structure of those motifs and imagery as well as their concurrence with the essence of the symbol (a confirmation of identity, a token) the author considers the message contained in both visions - cinematic and theatrical - and its meaning for the contemporary European dialogue. This is a meaning concurrent with the ideas of an anthropological-cultural and European insight, aimed at searching for, and discovering unity in diversity.
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