Andrzej Munk

  • Andrzej Munk – Niedzielny poranek AKA One Sunday Morning (1955)

    An impressionistic image of Warsaw rebuilt after the war and its residents. A kind of lyrical film version of a feature article, full of warm humour and enriched with observations of everyday life. (Awards: 1955 – 9th International Film Festival, Edinburgh, Honorary Diploma, 5th World Festival of Youth and Students, Warsaw, Gold Medal; 1956 – 5th Cultural and Documentary Film Week, Mannheim, Film Critics’ Award)Read More »

  • Andrzej Munk & Witold Lesiewicz – Gwiazdy musza plonac AKA The Stars Must Burn (1954)

    About the movie:
    (fictionalised documentary), script and directing with Witold Lesiewicz. A two-part film. The part made by Munk is about the work ethos again, this time the work ethos of miners. It is a story about people from the mine’s management who want to fulfil the production quota, which is at risk of not being met, and go down an old, unused mine shaft to look for coal. The film is schematic in plot but interesting as to form. (Awards: 1955 – Special Mention from the State Award Committee)Read More »

  • Andrzej Munk – Pamietniki chlopow AKA Peasant Diaries (1952)

    About the movie:
    In 1952 Andrzej Munk made PAMIETNIKI CHLOPOW [PEASANT DIARIES], a film that was meant, to put it briefly, to show what people were told to believe about the wonderful lives that Polish peasants led in post-war Poland. In his book ” Moja filmoteka. Kino polskie” [My Film Archive. Polish Cinema] Aleksander Jackiewicz wrote that though he found the film to lack a hint of a shadow on the picture of those times to make it truly authentic, as clearly People’s Poland could not include peasants who were not successful, even so one could find in it “a tiny bit of authenticity that was absent from the works of other directors”.Read More »

  • Andrzej Munk – Kierunek – Nowa Huta! AKA Destination Nowa Huta (1951)

    A film about the construction, begun in 1948 where a village near Krakow used to be, of the city of Nowa Huta and the metallurgical plant there. A propaganda picture about the flagship construction project of People’s Poland.Read More »

  • Andrzej Munk – Kolejarskie slowo AKA A Railwayman’s Word (1953)

    Waiting for coke from the Silesian mines is the “Szczecin” steelworks, and with it the cities and grand constructions of People’s Poland. Steam locomotive drivers undertake not to allow any train delay, and give a letter of guarantee – the railroad’s watchword.Read More »

  • Andrzej Munk & Witold Lesiewicz – Pasazerka AKA Passenger (1963)

    Lisa and Walter, a German couple, travel from America to Europe on a transatlantic liner. He is an employee of an international organization, and she hides – even from him – her past as a guard of the Auschwitz concentration camp. In London, a mysterious passenger who reminds Lisa (an outstanding performance by Aleksandra Śląska) of one of the camp prisoners, Marta (played by Anna Ciepielewska, whose performance was awarded at the International Film Festival in Los Alamos), boards the ship. Memories that had long been repressed slowly resurface.Read More »

  • Andrzej Munk – Czlowiek na torze AKA Man on the Tracks (1957)

    In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, the station master, believes Orzechowski was a saboteur; at least one on the inquiry panel agrees. Zapora, the young engineer on the train that hit Orzechowski, gives more complicated testimony about the dead man – stiff-necked, proud, imperious, critical of Zapora and other younger workers. The signalman at the crossing where Orzechowski died also testifies. Can the panel arrive at the truth in a world where workers unite, inferior coal is a badge of honor, and the old order is suspect?Read More »

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