Tag Archives: Poland
Konopielka (1982) Witold Leszczynski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Anna Seniuk, Joanna Sienkiewicz, Comedy, Drama
Kaziuk, a stubborn peasant and his pregnant wife live in a backwood village, unaffected by the civilization. The village is once visited by a couple of wanderers, and strange things start to happen afterward. A new schoolteacher is sent to the area. She stirs erotic fantasies in Kaziuk. In a stir of frustration Kaziuk cuts down a family tree – a sacrilegious act in the eyes of his family. Going a step further and using a scythe for cutting the rye instead of a sickle brings the whole village against him.
Wsród nocnej ciszy / Quiet Is the Night (1978) Tadeusz Chmielewski, Antonina Barczewska, Henryk Bista, Jerzy Bonczak, Crime, Drama, Mystery
A psychological detective story about a police hunt for the murderer of young boys. The police comissioner ends up tracing the clues to his own home, where he has an adolescent son he has not been able to communicate with. The son is helping and hiding a foreign-born psychopath. All three die in the final shoot-out.
Zaklete rewiry / Hotel Pacific (1975) Janusz Majewski, Marek Kondrat, Roman Wilhelmi, Roman Skamene, Drama
Kingsajz / King Size (1988) Juliusz Machulski, Jacek Chmielnik, Jerzy Stuhr, Katarzyna Figura, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
A comedy. The story follows a young scientist in the contemporary world, who actually came from the world of dwarves, thanks to a magic potion, held by the Big Eater, ruler of the dwarves. The dwarf kingdom, Shuflandia, exists in a cellar of a library, and only the most obedient get the chance to grow to king size and inhabit the larger world. Once there, nobody wants to return to Shuflandia. Also, there are no women in Shuflandia.
Niewinni czarodzieje / Innocent Sorcerers (1960) Andrzej Wajda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Krystyna Stypulkowska, Wanda Koczeska, Drama, Music, Romance
A young doctor is tired of being sought by women. One night he meets a young girl who all but forces herself into his room where they talk of morals and love. But he loses her when he goes out to see some friends and then rushes madly around the city after her.
Andrzej Wajda’s Japanese-language film based on the last chapter of Dostoevsky’s Idiot, in which Prince Myshkin and Rogozhin return to the past in a conversation over the dead body of Nastassya Filippovna. Bando Tamasaburo, regarded as one of the most outstanding female impersonators in Japanese theater, plays the dual role of Myshkin and Nastassya.
Pilkarski poker / Soccer Poker (1989) Janusz Zaorski, Janusz Gajos, Malgorzata Pieczynska, Marian Opania, Comedy, Action, Drama
Pozegnania / Farewells (1958) Wojciech Has, Maria Wachowiak, Tadeusz Janczar, Gustaw Holoubek, Drama, Romance
The story takes place before World War II and centers on Pawel, a member of a conservative, middle-class family, and his love for Lidka, a taxi dancer. Social conventions and the lovers’ inability to defy those forces Pawel and Lidka benefit. Times change, war breaks out, leading to Pawel sent to Auschwitz while Lidka marry his cousin. Their love has survived and conventions are no longer the issue.