Tag Archives: Polish

Maciej J. Drygas – Uslyszcie moj krzyk AKA Hear my cry (1991)

Hear My Cry“ depicts the startling story of Ryszard Siwiec, a man who, on a Polish national holiday in September 1968, immolated himself in front of thousands of people in a stadium in Warsaw. He performed this desperate act of self-burning as a protest against the invasion of Czechoslovakia by Warsaw Pact forces. The world, however, kept silent. His name and deed received no front page newspaper coverage. Why? „Hear My Cry“ is a human story, a story of mankinds love of freedom, a story which portrays mans eternal need to escape from the constraints of totalitarianism. Read More »

Janusz Majewski – Ja gore! (1968)

Ja gore! / I Am Burning 1967. Part of TV anthology: Opowiesci Niezwykle (The Amazing Stories). Written and directed by Janusz Majewski. Based on Henryk Rzewuski’s short story.HDTVRip 720p (TVP1 HD broadcast).

Awards: Brazowy Lajkonik in the feature film category at the Cracow Short Feature Festival, 1968. Read More »

Janusz Majewski – System (1972)

It features a young man and a lady friend driving to an insane asylum whose overseers the woman knows. Weirdness is evident before they even reach the place, in the form of a ranting maniac in a tree. More crazies are found freely wandering the grounds of the asylum, they being participants in an apparently revolutionary new system instituted by the asylum’s director. But the director seems just as nutty in his own way as the patients, and it turns out there’s a good reason for this: he is one of the patients, having taken over the asylum and locked up its overseers. Read More »

Janusz Majewski – Markheim (1972)

Janusz Majewski is one of Poland’s most durable and prolific filmmakers. In a career that spans half a century Majewski has directed a variety of films, with comedies and period pieces predominating. He also made LOKIS, one of Poland’s most famous horror features, and a wealth of horror-themed shorts that comprise a significant body of work in their own right. In fact, I’d argue that Majewski can be counted as the foremost director of Polish horror movies (his only real competition in this regard are his fellow countrymen Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski and Andrzej Zulawski, all of whom have made the majority of their films outside Poland). Read More »

Janusz Majewski – Wenus z Ille AKA Venus of Ille (1969)

Wenus z Ille / Venus of Ille (1967). Part of unofficial TV anthology: Opowiesci Niesamowite (It is the second season of The Amazing Stories – Opowiesci Niezwykle. Written and directed by Janusz Majewski. Based on Prosper Merimee’s short story (Merimee is also the author of Blekitny Pokoj AKA The Ble Room – Majewski TV adaption, 1965; and Lokis which was later adapted by Majewski into a feature film, 1970).TVRip (TVP Kultura broadcast). Read More »

Kazimierz Kutz – Ludzie z pociagu (1961) (HD)

One has to just think of a great film featuring a war and a train would automatically come to mind. While Czech cinema gave its immortal classic, ‘Closely watched trains’ directed by the legendary director Jiri Menzel to the admirers of cinema, Polish cinema also had its fair share of films depicting war where trains have played a major role. ‘Ludzie Z Pociagu’/’People on a train’ is one brilliant example of a war film featuring innocent people whose lives depended a lot on the running of a train. In this film, director Kazimierz Kutz depicts how an act of heroism involving the seizure of a gun is responsible in allowing the viewers to get a better idea of the microcosm of Polish society. Read More »

Kazimierz Kutz – Nikt nie wola aka Nobody’s calling. (1960)

In 1960 Kazimierz Kutz’ second film NIKT NIE WOLA / NOBODY’S CALLING, based on a Jozef Hen novel that was never published in Poland, described the fate of Poles on the Eastern Front. Kutz used the film to explore new formal solutions, collaborating closely with cinematographer Jerzy Wojcik to reveal the psychological landscape of a pair of lovers who are strongly affected by wartime events. The camera recorded the couple’s inner experiences, contrasting their muted intimacy against the surrounding scenery of a ruined town. The film did not win over critics at the time of its release. It was not until later that critics recognized Kutz’s effort to experiment with aesthetics in a manner akin to that pursued by filmmakers of the new wave. NOBODY’S CALLING came to be compared with Michelangelo Antonioni’s THE ADVENTURE, which was produced around the same time. Read More »