Tag Archives: Poland

Nieciekawa historia / A Boring Story (1982) Wojciech Has, Marek Bargielowski, Wladyslaw Dewoyno, Ewa Frackiewicz, Drama

Nieciekawa historia (Wojciech Has, 1982)
A professor of medicine, known and recognized, through a serious personal crisis. Used in teaching, feeling mentally and physically diminished, become cynical and disillusioned, he can no longer interested or his family or his work. Only the presence and conversation Katarzyna, whom he raised as his own daughter, he restores life. But this woman, who herself had to endure many hardships and sharing his disappointment, he realized that his feelings are not really filial …

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Pismak / Write and Fight (1985) Wojciech Has, Wojciech Wysocki, Gustaw Holoubek, Janusz Michalowski, Drama

Pismak (Wojciech Has, 1985)
Set during the World War I in a prison cell. A newspaper satirist, a safecracker and a clerical murderer have been loaded into a common cell until the investigation into their supposed crimes has been finished. The journalist takes copious notes on the situation hoping to publish them later as a novel. The writer catches typhus and in his feverish delirium is no longer able to distinguish between the reality and fantasy of his writing.

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Komornik / The Collector (2005) Feliks Falk, Andrzej Chyra, Malgorzata Kozuchowska, Kinga Preis, Drama

Komornik AKA The Collector (2005)
Lucek (Andrzej Chyra) is a shrewd but soulless debt collector who callously repossesses any item his job may require without a glimmer of sympathy. One day, a sudden inner awakening transforms the cruel government worker into a caring man who’s filled with remorse. This charming Polish film from director Feliks Falk depicts a complex world populated by characters who continually break free from their one-dimensional constraints.

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Duze zwierze / Big Animal (2000) Jerzy Stuhr, Anna Dymna, Dominika Bednarczyk, Comedy, Drama

Duze zwierze (2000)
Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife is initially bewildered by the strange and unexpected animal, her husband immediately adopts it as a pet. As the man and his new companion take their daily walks in the village, neighbors are drawn to the odd sight and approach him about riding the camel or using it for any number of purposes. He declines to exploit or capitalize on the friendly animal, and is met with barely veiled hostility. In time, the camel becomes a burden on both the town and the man, who’s edged out of community affairs and lives on shaky ground with his wife.

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Historia kina w Popielawach / History of Cinema in Popielawy (1998) Jan Jakub Kolski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Bartosz Opania, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Drama, Fantasy, Romance

Historia kina w Popielawach (Jan Jakub Kolski, 1998)
“Historia kina w Popielawach” is a bucolic familiar tale, full of irony and heavily intertwined with the invention of the motion picture. The narrator is a boy of ten years, during the sixties, traveling from town to visit the village of his grandfather, Popielawy. About a hundred years ago – nearly a quarter of a century before Edison and the Lumiere brothers – the village blacksmith invented a cinematic apparatus with which he was able to project images drawn in the bladders of fish and pigs, making them “come alive”. One hundred years later, the great grandson of a blacksmith Szustek is determined to rebuild the machine from its ancestor, despite the opposition of his father.

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Barwy ochronne / Camouflage (1977) Krzysztof Zanussi, Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul-Podlasky, Comedy, Drama

Barwy ochronne AKA Camouflage (1977)
A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the straightforward, intimate approach to students. He is opposed in his liberal views by Jakub, who likes to manipulate people. There is a confrontation from the beginning when Jaroslaw allows to attend the seminar a student who presents the views not according to the official line. In the end, a jury prize is given to mediocre paper, while the suspected school of thought still draws a recommendation. Finally the deputy rector arrives for the closing ceremonies, and since he disfavors the line of thought awarded by the recommendation the tensions rise. They climax when student in question bites the rector in the ear while receiving recommendation. The confrontation results in a scandal and the police is called in.

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