Polish

  • Jan Batory – Spotkanie ze szpiegiem AKA Rendezvous with a Spy (1964)

    1961-1970CrimeJan BatoryPolandThriller
    Spotkanie ze szpiegiem (1964)
    Spotkanie ze szpiegiem (1964)

    Quote:
    On the Koszalin coast, secret agent Bernard is about to land information on the deployment of Polish missile bases.Read More »

  • Krzysztof Zanussi – Rewizyta AKA Revisited (2009)

    Krzysztof Zanussi2001-2010DramaPoland
    Rewizyta (2009)
    Rewizyta (2009)

    Quote:
    “Rewizyta” is a film about the further fate of the protagonists of Krzysztof Zanussi’s films from the 1970s: “Family Life” (1970), “Camouflage” (1976) and “The Constant Factor” (1980). What happened to them? Where are they? How did they survive the decades that separate us from those times? The film takes the form of an interview conducted in the present day by a would-be suicide, the protagonist of “And A Warm Heart,” who, on the recommendation of a therapist, investigates whether human life can be successful. The interview scenes are juxtaposed with film excerpts. Years later, the same actors appear before the camera and answer the man’s questions.Read More »

  • Walerian Borowczyk – Dzieje Grzechu AKA The Story of Sin (1975)

    Walerian Borowczyk1971-1980DramaPoland
    Dzieje grzechu (1975)
    Dzieje grzechu (1975)

    Synopsis:
    The life of a beautiful, young and pious woman is thrown into chaos when her parents takes in a dashingly handsome lodger. Having embarked on a torrid affair, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife.

    Unable to live apart from her beloved, our hero leaves home only to fall prey to the infatuations and lusts of a band of noble admirers, unsavoury criminals and utopian do-gooders…Read More »

  • Wojciech Has – Moje miasto AKA My City (1950)

    Wojciech Has1941-1950ArchitectureDocumentaryPolandShort Film
    Moje miasto (1950)
    Moje miasto (1950)

    A personal and lyrical vision of Cracow presented by Wojciech Jerzy Has. The nostalgic tone of the narrator/protagonist talks about a city he regrets having to leave.Read More »

  • Jerzy Skolimowski – Bariera AKA Barrier (1966)

    1961-1970ArthouseDramaJerzy SkolimowskiPoland
    Bariera (1966)
    Bariera (1966)

    A student abandons his way of life and wanders, suitcase in hand, seeking a place in life, literally and metaphorically. Two attitudes clash in this character – resignation and a readiness to adjust to life according to the generally accepted pattern (“little stabilization”), and the remnants of youthful rebellion, refusal to accept a boring life centred around making money. (Awards: 1966 – Bergamo, International Art Film Festival – Grand Prix; 1968 – Valladolid, IFF – Jury Special Prize).Read More »

  • Ewa Petelska & Czeslaw Petelski – Urodziny mlodego warszawiaka AKA The Birthday (1980) (HD)

    Ewa Petelska1971-1980Czeslaw PetelskiDramaPolandWar
    Urodziny mlodego warszawiaka (1980) (HD)
    Urodziny mlodego warszawiaka (1980) (HD)

    Quote:
    The content of the film is the experiences of the titular “young Varsovian”, Jerzy Bielecki. Through the story of his successive birthdays, a typical biography of a member of the “Columbus generation” is shown. Jerzy’s maturation is combined with his generational experiences – military service in the pre-war army, participation in the September campaign, fighting in the underground and the Warsaw Uprising. The hero’s wartime experiences are combined with his love for Teresa, who takes part in underground activities with him.Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Bez znieczulenia AKA Rough Treatment (1978)

    1971-1980Andrzej WajdaDramaPoland
    Bez znieczulenia (1978)
    Bez znieczulenia (1978)

    Quote:
    A famous Polish journalist presents a problem for the powers-that-be when he displays his full political skill and knowledge on a television show featuring questions and answers on a world conference by a panel of journalists. His enemies take away his privileges when he is away. The shock of being “unwanted” parallels a deeper disappointment in his private life: his wife has an affair with a jealous young rival, and after 15 years of marriage and two daughters wants a divorce. She offers no explanations as he tries to untie these problems himself. All the moves he makes are the wrong ones. He takes on drinking heavily with students eager to attend his seminar after discovering the class has been canceled. The journalist, once suave and commanding is reduced to silence.Read More »

  • Urszula Urbaniak – Torowisko AKA The Junction (1999)

    1991-2000DramaPolandUrszula Urbaniak
    Torowisko (1999)
    Torowisko (1999)

    Quote:
    Using the backdrop of the banality and ordinariness of everyday life in a small provincial town, the film analyses the relationship between two women friends, who struggle to find their way in post-communist Poland. The small events of their lives represent universal feelings of being trapped and lost in a new world, in contrast to the successes of the dark side of democracy – drug dealing, crime and pornography. By its very nature, the film creates a picture of provincial Poland after democracy, but its charm is in the understated relationship between the two friends and the people around them and in the mosaic structure that builds up the film piece by piece.Read More »

  • Tomasz Wolski – 1970 (2021) (HD)

    2021-2030DocumentaryPolandTomasz Wolski
    1970 (2021)
    1970 (2021)

    Synopsis
    In 1970, protests broke out in several coastal cities in Communist Poland. Workers went on strikes to object to price increases. Growing numbers of protesters walked out onto the streets. As the situation became tense, a crisis team gathered in the capital. With the help of animations combined with telephone recordings, we can peek behind the closed doors of dignitaries’ offices. Hundreds of cigarettes are smoked. Conversations get cut off. Strategies to break up protesters and future repressions are planned. Propaganda activities are thought up. The protests get out of control.—polishdocsRead More »

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