The story, based on actual historic events, concerns an invented ruler Ramses XIII (Jerzy Zelnick) – actually there were 11 Ramses in the archaeological record – plunked into the drama experienced by Ramses XI. While still Crown Prince, handsome, athletically built Ramses yearns to stem the gradual decline of Egypt’s empire and to reform the miserable lives of the huge peasant and labouring classes. Young Ramses’ plans, abiding until his rapidly ailing, aged father Ramses XII’s (Andrej Girtler) death, greatly displease the powerful, numerous sacerdotal caste, particularly its most influential elder, an actual personage – the Sun God Amon-Ra’s high priest Herihor (Pietr Pawlowski), the real, long-term power behind the throne.
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Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie / The Saragossa Manuscript (1965) Wojciech Has, Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Umarla klasa / Dead Class (1977) Andrzej Wajda, Tadeusz Kantor, Maria Kantor, Zofia Kalinska, Documentary, Drama
The Dead Class (1975), by Tadeusz Kantor and the Cricot 2 company, is considered one of the most innovative and influential works of twentieth-century theatre. The breakthrough first version of the production – performed to great critical acclaim, but only rarely seen live by audiences outside Poland – was documented on film in 1976 by the Oscar-winning director Andrzej Wajda.
Bariera / Barrier (1966) Jerzy Skolimowski, Joanna Szczerbic, Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Drama, Comedy
A rebellious student wants to get total independence and overcome all the barriers in his life: of money, age, status, cults and conventions. However, he meets a girl with completely different ideals.
Osobisty pamietnik grzesznika przez niego samego spisany / Memoirs of a Sinner (1986) Wojciech Has, Piotr Bajor, Maciej Kozlowski, Janusz Michalowski, Drama
35-year-old Michal (Wojciech Zielinski) has a beautiful wife, Anna (Joanna of Orleans) and daughter Justine. It does not bother him, however, fall in love with a sensual and rebellious Carolina (Carolina mustard). The man did not want a divorce, but it also wants to opt out of a new passion. The situation is complicated, however, when a lover makes him an ultimatum.
Ashes and Diamonds (1958) Andrzej Wajda, Zbigniew Cybulski, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski, Drama, War
Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders.
Everything for Sale / Wszystko na sprzedaz (1969) Andrzej Wajda, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Andrzej Lapicki, Drama
During the Nazi occupation, Jewish prisoner Jakub Gold is released from jail and works as a gravedigger in the Warsaw ghetto. Although he manages to escape and keeps hiding in private apartments, he tries to get back to the ghetto.
In 1940, at the beginning of World War II, Soviet soldiers conduct a mass execution of captured Polish officers. With Hitler’s forces rapidly advancing into Eastern Europe, a surviving Polish officer, Lt. Jerzy (Andrzej Chyra), at great risk to his own life, chooses to stay behind with his wife, Anna (Maja Ostaszewska). As the Germans round up Lt. Jerzy and other officers, propaganda efforts cover up the truth about the Soviet soldiers’ shocking brutality.