In February 2011, I subtitled 5/6 parts
of Lech Majewski's masterpiece Wojaczek.

The film is in Polish;
I do not understand any Polish.

But I know the film is a portrait of a suicidal poet,
so, I subtitled what I think the characters said.

The result is a film with two scripts:
spoken polish and written english.

Each part is 15 minutes long.


JW Player goes here

In part 1, Wojaczek
tries to suicide twice,
meets his parents,
talks to a wall,
ridicules some soldiers,
and tries out a grave.


JW Player goes here

In part 2, Wojaczek
arrives by train,
writes several poems,
fucks a nurse,
and argues with his doctor.


JW Player goes here

The lovers (Wojaczek & nurse) visit a church,
he confesses to her and leaves.

He visits his alternate apartment,
prostrates by himself,
watches tv with the horny landlady.

In the bar he pours a drink onto another's head.


JW Player goes here

It continues in the bar.

After more self-mutilatory calisthetics
and a flirtatious absinthe purchase,
Wojaczek finds his ultimate alcoholic drinking buddy.

When a bottle breaks,
they lick alcohol and broken glass off the floor.

At the bar, Secret perform
and poets drink their way into oblivionary discourse.


JW Player goes here

More drinking and delusional discourse.
Totally trashed they meet a sober famous poet.

The hangover strikes.

Wojaczek waits for a poem,
recites a Berger quotation,
then jumps out a window.

At the hospital, his nurse fucks him.

In the bar,
the band plays,
the impressario counts money.



out of respect for the genius of Majewski
and because I was tired.

watch it without subtitles on youtube


Please visit:

Rafal Wojaczek
Lech Majewski

Completed on 04.24.2011 by Glia.ca



to Janusz for suggesting I watch this film
because in his words:

"I think this is watchable without knowing Polish"