Tag Archives: Polish

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 »

Pawel Kedzierski & Marcel Lozinski – Happy End (1973)

Written and produced with Pawel Kedzierski. A purge in the style of those of March 1968 is to take place at a party meeting. Instead, it turns into a psychodrama. Although officially not stopped by censorship, the film was only shown at the Krakow Short Film Festival and at Film Clubs. Read More »

Roman Polanski – Lampa aka The Lamp (1959)

In waning winter light, a doll maker works in his shop, a kerosene lamp beside him, a jumble of dolls and doll parts, whole and broken, surrounding him. There are noises, too: a cuckoo clock chirps the workday’s end. The artisan completes a repair and leaves, shuttering the shop from outside. Back inside, whispering begins. What else is in store for the shop’s seemingly lifeless denizens? 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 »

Roman Polanski – Ssaki aka Mammals (1962)

“Waiting for Godot” on ice and snow, without words. Against a barren winter landscape, a figure approaches: it’s a man, pulling a small sleigh on which another man sits, plucking a dead bird. They stop to trade places; the one now on the sleigh takes out his knitting. Accidents, misunderstandings, disagreements, and an outright fight await our absurd protagonists as their trip to nowhere continues, first with one pulling, then the other. What if they were to lose the sleigh? What rules of civilization and partnership would guide them then? Read More »

Roman Polanski – Rozbijemy zabawe… AKA Break Up The Dance… (1957)

Youths get ready for a party, decorating the dance floor, cleaning out the fountain of a pond. That evening, the party starts and guests arrive: everyone has a ticket, and a guy at the gate, wearing a formal shirt, tails, and shorts, makes sure only those with tickets gain entrance. Some are in costume, some dressed informally, some in fancy clothes: everyone is there to have a good time. A group of tough-looking guys watch through the high fence while the band plays jazzy rock and couples dance or kiss. With the party in full swing, as the band plays “When the Saints Go Marching In,” over the wall comes the gang. Is there any chance they’ll join in the festivities? Read More »

Roman Polanski – Morderstwo aka Murder (1957)

The camera shows us a door handle and the door’s striker plate; from this angle, they form a cross. The door opens and in steps someone in a dark trench coat. He approaches a bed in the room, where a shirtless man sleeps. The intruder takes out a knife. His movements are without haste, but deliberate and efficient. Will his sleeping victim awake in time to offer resistance? Read More »