Andrzej Wajda

  • Andrzej Wajda – Wesele AKA The Wedding (1973)

    1971-1980Andrzej WajdaArthouseDramaPoland

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    It’s 1900, and for the last 130 years Poland has been wiped off the map of Europe; it’s still occupied by three invaders: Russia, Austria and Prussia. In a village near Cracow, a wedding takes place between a poet from the city and a country girl. The intelligentsia celebrates alongside the peasantry, but this is the full extent of any “agreement” between these two social classes, and the wedding guests are made aware of it by visiting apparitions. The chance for a national uprising is duly lost.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Wszystko na sprzedaz AKA Everything For Sale (1969) (HD)

    1961-1970Andrzej WajdaDramaPoland

    The disappearance of the leading actor from a film’s set worries its director Andrzej. He embarks on a journey to search for him, accompanied by a young actor, the missing actor’s wife, and his mistress.

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    Andrzej Wajda’s film from 1969 is an homage to his friend Zbigniew Cybulski, who died tragically. It’s probably the most famous Polish ‘film about film’.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Panny z Wilka AKA Young Girls Of Wilko [+Extras] (1979)

    Drama1971-1980Andrzej WajdaArthousePoland

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    Set in the late ’20s. A thirtyish young man, who heads a small factory, faints at the funeral of a close friend. He decides to go home to his aunt and uncle for a while, but gets involved with a family of five women who had been in love with him at one time though he had apparently loved only one, who, unknown to him, has died since his departure. The women are mainly disillusioned with life or estranged from husbands while the youngest has a crush on him.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Przekladaniec AKA Layer Cake (1968)

    1961-1970Andrzej WajdaPolandSci-FiTV

    Based on the story by Stanislaw Lem, Layer Cake is about a racing car driver who undergoes so many transplants that it can no longer be determined which people have contributed to his make-up.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Popiól i diament aka Ashes and Diamonds [+Extras] (1958)

    1951-1960Andrzej WajdaDramaPolandWar

    Quote:
    On the last day of World War Two in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Popiól i Diament AKA Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

    1951-1960Andrzej WajdaDramaPolandWar

    As WWII and the German occupation ends, the Polish resistance and the Russian forces turn on each other in an attempt to take over leadership in Communist Poland.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Powidoki AKA Afterimage (2016)

    2011-2020Andrzej WajdaDramaPoland

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    While he’s exercising filmmaking muscles that are mighty spry for a 90-year-old, no one will mistake Andrzej Wajda’s latest feature for an expression of joie de vivre: “Afterimage” is a somber portrait of a Polish artist who, unlike his portraitist here, was defeated by the fickle shifts of political ideology imposed on art. This respectable if somewhat monotonous drama won’t be an easy sell to offshore audiences for whom its subject, avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski is hardly a household name. Moreover the film references his defining triumphs just in passing, focusing instead on bleak later years when he was persecuted for failing to tow the Party aesthetic line. The result is another significant chapter in Polish history from Wajda, albeit one unlikely to travel as widely as some of his past subjects.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Eine Liebe in Deutschland AKA A Love in Germany (1983)

    1981-1990Andrzej WajdaDramaFrance

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    Plot
    In May of 1983, a man turns 49 and, with his 17-year old son, journeys to the village in Baden that he left 40 years before. He wants to discover what happened then, the truth about an affair his mother had with a young Polish prisoner of war, how the authorities came to learn of it, the lovers’ arrest, and the aftermath. While his son takes Polaroid photographs, he retraces the steps of his childhood and interviews those who should remember. The story is disclosed in flashbacks that focus on the lovers (Paulina and Stanislaus), on a jealous and conniving neighbor, and on Mayer, the local SS commander who wants to find a way out of inevitable consequences.

    Nominated
    Venice Film Festival – Golden Lion – 1983Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Kanal (1957)

    1951-1960Andrzej WajdaPolandWar

    In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw’s sewer system to escape the German encirclement.Read More »

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