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Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
12 Oct 2007 /  #1
Poland have grate directors, and their movies are really good ...

Andrzej Wajda

Roman Polański

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Krzysztof Kieślowski

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as to movies, I will try to introduce you into Polish cinema ... I will avoid productions which are trying to imitate american movies, because I dont think it is interesting. I will rather show my preferences and I hope memberers of this forum will show their ...

Krzysztof Kieślowski "Trois Couleurs" are movies I really like and "Blanck" (White) is my favorite. "Trous Couleurs" movies are nice exaple of Polish-France realtions which are traditionaly friendly and full of misunderstandings ;) .

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Colors:_White

I have forgoten about Agnieszka Holland (Polish Jewish origin)

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agnieszka_Holland

and her grate movie: "Europa Europa" this movie shows Jews situation in Germany in Poland and it isnt another story about mass murders ... but just grate story. Great European movie (Polish, German, France) What is more I think whis movie will be grate adition to discussions on this forum about Poles and Jews ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europa_Europa

"Ashes and Diamonds" ... of Wajda. In my opinion simply the best of his films, there are new like "Katyń", but I consider this old movie as his the best one ...

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashes_and_Diamonds_(film)

as to "Ashes and Diamonts" I like this photo, Polish "terrorist" ;)

Famous actor from Poland

"Pianist" made by Polański

The Pianist is a 2002 film directed by Roman Polanski, starring Adrien Brody. It is an adaptation of the autobiography of the same name by Jewish-Polish musician Władysław Szpilman.

In addition to the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, the film won the Oscars for Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay. It was also awarded by seven french Césars including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor for Brody (who became at the opportunity the only American actor to win one).

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Pianist_(2002_film)

Polański again (old one)

"Knife in the Water"

Knife in the Water (Polish: Nóż w wodzie) is a 1962 film directed by Roman Polański. It features only three characters and deals with rivalry and sexual tension.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Knife_in_the_Water_(film)

Knife in the Water was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 1963 Academy Awards. It brought Polanski fame and respect in the film community and got him on the cover of Time (previous to Knife in the Water, he had only made short films). It is sometimes referred to as one of the best debut feature films in history (alongside with Citizen Kane by Orson Welles).

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isthatu 3 | 1,164  
12 Oct 2007 /  #2
Polanski is french mate( and a child abuser),only time he spent in Poland was in the Krakow Ghetto......
But as too the rest. Spot on,anyone who hasnt seen Wajdas trilogy needs to get on ebay right now and order it.
As for showing my preferences,youve done that for me already lukasz :)
Kanal
EuropaEropa
The Pianist
Three colours White
would all be up there in my top 20 films ofall time.

ps,was that Stella Advert made in Poland? the one with the Priests ice skating? I nearly fell off my chair when I spotted old Zb Zamachowski in it! (and embaresingly burst out laughing at that scene in the Pianist with the gold coins lol
osiol 55 | 3,922  
12 Oct 2007 /  #3
(White) is my favorite

It is a tough call between White and Red.
White has such humour, the suitcase idea is brilliant, and most of it is set in Poland in winter,
but Red has such a way of exploring its interesting characters, and it has the lovely Irene Jacob.
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
12 Oct 2007 /  #4
Polanski is french mate( and a child abuser),only time he spent in Poland was in the Krakow Ghetto......

as to Polański

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roman_Polanski

so he is mix Polish, Jewish, Russian, France (origin, culture, citizenship)

Kanal

Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It was the first film ever made about the Warsaw Uprising, telling the story of a ragged company of Home Army resistance fighters escaping the Nazi onslaught through the city's sewers. Kanał is the second film of Wajda's War trilogy, preceded by A Generation and followed by Ashes and Diamonds.

yes grate one

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kanal_(film)

It is a tough call between White and Red.White has such humour, the suitcase idea is brilliant, and most of it is set in Poland in winter,but Red has such a way of exploring its interesting characters, and it has the lovely Irene Jacob.

I like "white" because there is typical Polish black humour. "Red" is grate movie as well but I personaly form Tree coulours prefere "White"
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
12 Oct 2007 /  #5
yes grate one

see,me and you would probably get on well in real life mate :)
And about Europa Europa. How well do you think it captured the mood of the time,ie "Catholic"Poles crossing to get to "safety " on the German side of the river and "jewish" Poles(ok,solly was German but you get me..) crossing to the Russians? I didnt like the implication that Polish Jewish soldiers wernt given rifles,that seemed abit far fetched to me.
osiol 55 | 3,922  
12 Oct 2007 /  #6
I watched Kieslowski's 'Blind Chance' once. I think I liked it, but like many films, I only watched it once.
I suspect a second viewing one day will be in order.

"Red" is grate movie as well but I personaly form Tree coulours prefere "White"

Both films I watch again and again. It was White that drew me in in the first place.
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
12 Oct 2007 /  #7
And about Europa Europa. How well do you think it captured the mood of the time,ie "Catholic"Poles crossing to get to "safety " on the German side of the river and "jewish" Poles(ok,solly was German but you get me..) crossing to the Russians?

We had war with Soviet Russia in 1920 and nobody wated to live under soviet occupation and idea of concentration camps wasnt well known in Poland in '39 ... Jews prefered to be under Russian occupation from well known reasons ... It is noticable in this movie, Jews were escaping form Germany and comining to Poland because it was better place to live for them, and when Germany invided Poland they prefered Russians
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
12 Oct 2007 /  #8
Well,Jews were being forced out of germany to Poland would be a more acurate summing up of what was going on wouldnt it? This happened after Herschal Grynszpan(polish/jewish hero,imho)(sp?)shot the nazi in paris didnt it but,anyhoo....

BTW, I think one of the best charectors in the film is the young Polish lad who gets run over by a truck, he is the only one who stands up to the Reds (but he does have an uncanny resembalence to van der valk which is kinda wierd.....)
Arkady  
12 Oct 2007 /  #9
I don't want to make unfounded allegations here but....

I have read and seen a couple of interviews with Agnieszka Holland and one thing I noticed is that she always complains about antisemitism in Poland, sometimes in a quite paranoid way. Considering that her jewish father was a prominent communist in stalinist Poland I think she should be the last person making such accusations. I wouldn't be surprised if her movies were indeed somewhat negatively biased toward Poles.
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
12 Oct 2007 /  #10
My favorite one is the begining of Russian-German war in 1941, when small commies wait for sweets from good uncle Stalin, Poles dont participate in it and Germans start to bombard building :)))

I added movies of Holland and Polański purposely because I m little tired by those all discussions about Jews - Poles ...

Agnieszka Hollands father was Polish jew and mouther Polish roman catholic, so her movie "Europa Europa" in some way shows the truth of our relationships before the war. And it is grate movie.

As to Polański (Polish Jewish origin) "Pianist" it is noticable in his movie that Spielman (main chracter) was in good relations with roman catholic Poles before the war, and after the war he backs to work in Polish Radio.
El Gato 4 | 351  
12 Oct 2007 /  #11
"With Fire and Sword" a very good one, and my favorite movie of all time would have to be "Potop" Nothing tops it in my mind.

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OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
12 Oct 2007 /  #12
The Decalogue

Dekalog (The Decalogue) (1988) is a Polish film series, originally made as a television miniseries, directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski and co-written by Kieślowski with Krzysztof Piesiewicz, with music by Zbigniew Preisner. It consists of ten one-hour films, each of which represents one of the Ten Commandments and explores possible meanings of the commandment-often ambiguous or contradictory-within a fictional story set in modern Poland. The series is Kieślowski's most acclaimed work and has won numerous international awards, though it was not widely released outside Europe until the late 1990s. Filmmaker Stanley Kubrick described it as the only masterpiece he could name in his lifetime.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decalogue

it is film about War & Love ;)))

With Fire and Sword (Polish: Ogniem i mieczem) is a historical novel by the Polish nationalist author Henryk Sienkiewicz, published in 1884. It is the first volume of a series known to Poles as the Trilogy, followed by The Deluge (Potop, 1886) and Fire in the Steppe (Pan Wołodyjowski, 1888), also translated as Colonel Wolodyjowski. The novel has been adapted as a film several times, most recently in 1999.

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isthatu 3 | 1,164  
13 Oct 2007 /  #13
Cool,winged Hussars,got to see that movie!
Agread with lukasz,from what I know Europa Europa "tells it like it was" without any paranoia or exagerated examples of anti wotsits (unlike a certain black and white film by Speilberg)

Dekalog was shown in full on UK TV last year,I taped it and think its fantastic,also very interesting to see Warsaw from before I know it.

The Pianist also is a great movie,well balanced and featuring the heros of the Uprising (although this confused many septics and brits who thought it was the ghetto one..) the only scene I take issue with is the one where WS is on a work gang and see's a Polish market that looks like the most well supplied food market ever,but I heard this was artistic to show how even the small amount of food he would have seen would appear a vision of paradise to him.
saddened - | 64  
13 Oct 2007 /  #14
there were exelent

I loved the drumming before the battles.
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
13 Oct 2007 /  #15
Cool,winged Hussars,got to see that movie!

Yes Hussars were grate, but in this movie they dont atack as they used to ... because when they charged they were knee by knee so it was much more impresing.

The Pianist also is a great movie,well balanced and featuring the heros of the Uprising (although this confused many septics and brits who thought it was the ghetto one..)

yes it is true that a lot of people think that Warsaw Ghetto Uprising '43 is the same as Warsaw Uprising '44 ... but it changes. Honestly I dont remember which one was presented in "The pianist"

Dekalog was shown in full on UK TV last year,I taped it and think its fantastic,also very interesting to see Warsaw from before

"With fire and sword" isnt so ambitious movie, but it shows how things looked in XVII century ...
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
13 Oct 2007 /  #16
Honestly I dont remember which one was presented in "The pianist"

Both,thats why I couldnt understand how people got confused. But hey,some people get confused at the movies,thats why so many are such mass market hollywood dross :)

Oh,and on the note of Dekalog and Three colours. I cant off the top of my head remember his name but the composer of the music is absoloutly fantastic as well,very haunting.
Mermaid - | 29  
13 Oct 2007 /  #17
I cant off the top of my head remember his name but the composer of the music is absoloutly fantastic

It is Zbigniew Preisner
OP Lukasz 49 | 1,746  
13 Oct 2007 /  #18
Zbigniew Preisner (IPA: [ˈzbigɲɛf ˈpɾajsnɛɾ]) (born May 20, 1955 in Bielsko-Biała as Zbigniew Kowalski) is one of Poland's leading film score composers, best known for his work with director Krzysztof Kieślowski. He adopted his wife's surname after their marriage.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zbigniew_Preisner
saddened - | 64  
13 Oct 2007 /  #19
anyone remember a movie called Psy. i think the called it Pigs in the US.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
13 Oct 2007 /  #20
Yes. I very important and popular movie when it was released. Nowadays one thinks of it as just another movie.
saddened - | 64  
13 Oct 2007 /  #21
It gave me the willys.
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
13 Oct 2007 /  #22
It is Zbigniew Preisner

thank you mermaid :)

and lukasz,ta for the link :)
Mermaid - | 29  
13 Oct 2007 /  #23
Wojciech Kilar is another well known composer and pianist. He worked with many directors such as Francis Ford Coppola (Dracula - 1992), Roman Polanski (The Ninth Gate, The Pianist), Andrzej Wajda (Ziemia Obiecana (The Promised Land) - great movie). Krzysztof kieslowski (Przypadek - Blind Chance), Krzysztof Zanussi (Barwy ochronne (Camouflage), Spirala (Spiral))

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wojciech_Kilar

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