Tag Archives: Poland

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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Vabank (1981) Juliusz Machulski, Jan Machulski, Leonard Pietraszak, Witold Pyrkosz, Comedy, Crime

Vabank (1981)
Set in Warsaw in 1930’s. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind. He is a safecracker in the old style, a thief with a sense of pride and loyalty. Upon leaving the jail he learns that his friend with whom he played in the jazz band has been murdered by the same guy – now a bank president – who sent him to prison. Kramer hopes to keep Kwinto’s mouth shut by paying him off, but at the same time he hires a paid gun to kill him. Meanwhile, some young, petty crooks hearing that Kwinto is free want to join forces with him for a job. Kwinto, employing a retired professional and two young admirers, pulls his last job to get even with Kramer…

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