Tag Archives: Poland

Zezowate szczescie / Bad Luck (1960) Andrzej Munk, Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska, Comedy

Zezowate szczescie (1960)
The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of any kind but is always on the verge of turning into a more coherent human being, only to be slapped down. It begins with the hero’s childhood. Then comes the first love marred by his unwilling involvement in fascict politics, him being taken for a Jew because of his nose. Later he decides to join the army to charm the girl, but arrives too late for any fighting. He is arrested by entering German troops while he dresses in officer’s uniform and mistakenly sent to POW camp as an officer.

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Jak byc kochana / How to Be Loved (1963) Wojciech Has, Barbara Krafftówna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Artur Mlodnicki, Drama

Jak byc kochana (1963)
An actress travels from Warsaw to Paris and during the trip reflects on the last few years of her life. It goes back to the German occupation and her hiding of a fellow actor who has supposedly killed a collaborator. He is weak and a bit cowardly, but suffers most from not having any audience for his vanity, ego and supposed bravery. After the war he leaves her but finds out that he has been accused of cowardice. He finally commits suicide and she clears herself of a collaboration charge and eventually becomes a popular actress.

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Ostatni etap / The Last Stage (1948) Wanda Jakubowska, Tatjana Gorecka, Antonina Gordon-Górecka, Barbara Drapinska, Drama

Ostatni etap (1948)
Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is, by a coincidence, chosen as an interpreter, but her entire family is killed. Waiting for the Red Army to deliver them from the prison camp, the film depicts Martha and her friends’ struggling life under the tyranny of camp guards and equally bad ‘capos’, administrative personnel chosen from among the prisoners.

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Pokolenie / A Generation (1955) Andrzej Wajda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Urszula Modrzynska, Tadeusz Janczar, Drama, War

Pokolenie (1955)
During the Nazi occupation of Poland, a generation of youth comes of age. Stach and his friends start with spontaneous acts of defiance, which can prove deadly, but have no organized purpose. Then, while at work as an apprentice, Stach learns elementary Marxian economics from a shop steward. When he sees the valiant and beautiful Dorota, a leader of the Youth Underground, he volunteers. He recruits his friends, and they become a cell in the resistance, tasting courage, discipline, and tragedy. In the background lies the potential conflict between the Communists and the partisans, both anti-Nazi, both Polish, and on their own collision course.

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Jowita / Jovita (1967) Janusz Morgenstern, Daniel Olbrychski, Barbara Lass, Kalina Jedrusik, Drama

Jowita (1967)
Marek is a young athlete involved with too many women until the day he met Jowita, an enigmatic and beautiful woman. After meeting at a ball, they set up a date but things doesn’t go his way and he still keeps obsessed about her. When they meet again, she presents herself with a different name, adding that Jowita is a friend of hers. Now that they are more involved, Marek still wonders who is Jowita.

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Nightwatching (2007) Peter Greenaway, Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Eva Birthistle, Biography, Drama, History

Nightwatching (2007)
The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt, turning him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper. At the insistence of his pregnant wife Saskia, Rembrandt has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait that will later become to be known as The Nightwatch. He soon discovers that there is a conspiracy afoot with the Amsterdam merchants playing at soldiers maneuvering for financial advantage and personal power in, that time, the richest city in the Western World. Rembrandt stumbles on a foul murder. Confident in the birth of a longed-for son and heir, Rembrandt is determined to expose the conspiring murderers and builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting, uncovering the seamy and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age. Rembrandt’s great good fortune turns. Saskia dies. Rembrandt reveals the accusation of murder in the painting and the …

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