the authoress examines in her essay on Agnieszka Holland's 'Fever' (1981), the film adaptation of Andrzej Strug's modernist novel 'The Story of One Bullet' on the 1905 revolution, why revolutionary Kama, the only film heroine, is treated by the director with such cruelty, extreme violence and why her portrayal differs considerably from the literary prototype. The adaptation of 'The Story of One Bullet' was a kind of a rite of transition for the young director - Holland was supposed to make a new transcription; to transcribe two male-written texts for the language of images: the 1909 novel and the 1979 adaptation of Krzysztof Teodor Teoplitz. Holland, who used to film 'scenes from a private life', stepped for the first time in male-centred History, built on the paradigm of heroic death. Analysing 'Fever's' hysterical narrative, the film's composition, scenes' framing and departures from the literary prototype, she examines Holland's successive concessions to the dominant discourse - to find herself in the field of male-centred History.
E. Toniak, c/o Instytut Badan Literackich PAN, ul. Nowy Swiat 72, 00-330 Warszawa, Poland
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