Rough and raw landscape of the Bohemian Forest and a thrilling story of border guards repressing the intrusion of national borders.
"…Joachim Król’s reading is suitably undemonstrative, but the novel aspect of his role is that the text has been translated into German. As one might expect, this alters the experience in a fundamental—but not necessarily frustrating—way. Yes, listeners who don’t speak German will lose the sense of the stories, but, in an ironic Cagean twist, this in turn may allow them to focus greater attention upon the music, and perhaps notice the musicality, rather than just the meaning, of the language…" ~Fanfare
Critical of Poland, the film met with negative reactions among the Poles, and was never as popular as Szulkin's earlier films. But that doesn't prevent the rest of us from enjoying it! Although much different from his science-fiction films, Szulkin's Ubu król is a masterpiece of bawd absurdity, political satire insofar as it is a satire of politics tout court, and Rabelaisian crassness.