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Your favourite Polish Patriotic films

king_krak 1 | 9
23 Mar 2015 #1
Here's mine, "The Death of Witold Pilecki"

It tells a story pf one of Polands best sons, a person that volunteered to Aushwitz to then get out of there and send reports of what is going on there.

After the war he was sent to Poland to try and fight for the Free Poland, he was sentenced to death by the Peoples Republic after being caught, thrown on a show trial and tortured...

Hres an Enhlish language link about Pilecki:

And this is a lecture of the world renown professor Marek Chodakiewicz which I personally had a pleasure to meet ;)

He talks about the anti-communist rising in 1945+
Looker - | 1,126
23 Mar 2015 #2
Polish Classic movies based on the novels by Henryk Sienkiewicz

Black Cross (Krzyzacy):

In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order. Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald.

The Deluge (Potop):

During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz.

OP king_krak 1 | 9
23 Mar 2015 #3
Not a fan of Krzyzacy :) a bit too old for me hah though I have enjoyed the book!
Deluge is the film i can watch any time though awesome stuff
23 Mar 2015 #4
Alternatywy 4 by far...
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
23 Mar 2015 #5
Mine is without a doubt "Zakazane piosenki" (1947) with (??) Szlarafka! I needed several hankies during and after the film:-)
Dougpol1 32 | 2,673
23 Mar 2015 #6
Cracking thread!

What about Ashes and Diamonds? I still think Cybulski was batting for the right side against the commies.
Also we have Interrogation with Krystyna Janda.

When I think of Polish patriotism - I automatically think of recent history - those fighting that rotting,dead, criminal in the sunglasses, and the general commie scum - and not about the glorious Polish past.

It's a shame on Polish society that now people are richer and the banking system is stable, Poles really need to address the recent past, and not live on past distant romance.

But never ever will.
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
23 Mar 2015 #7
Right on! "Popioł i Diamanty" along with "Kanał" remain true resistance era classics. Black and white - always the actor's best friend.
OP king_krak 1 | 9
23 Mar 2015 #8
Dont lose hope!
I promise you we will change it in the next 10-20 years :)

.. talking about the past and the nasty basterd Spawacz :)

Do you remember the Night Swap??
Peter59 4 | 35
24 Mar 2015 #9
I am reading the English version of "Aushwitz Volunteer" the story of Witold Pilecki. Do you know if the movie " The Death of Witold Pilecki" is available with English subtitles??
OP king_krak 1 | 9
24 Mar 2015 #10
Unfortunately no..I think it is mainly because this part of the history is still very new to us (the Poles) since the war against communism (1944-1963) has been kept completely out of the publics eyes, or they would just lie about them calling them traitors or bandits.. thus you know, firstly we need to make our own society aware of this sad/glorious part of the history first.. then we can export it :)

On the 1st of March Poland celebrates the day of the Cursed Soldiers.. here's an amazing short video presenting a march of the Cursed throughout Warsaw..

and here's another great patriotic film:

its based on real events, the main character is a girl named Danuta Siedzikowna, nickname: Inka, a war orphan who decides to go to the forest- aka join the underground when the soviets invade. Since the anti-communist underground army respected the Geneva convention she was never given a gun, as she was "a medical officer". She was caught by the UB, and thrown in for a show-trial. The nationwide newspapers called her "Bloody Inka" and the propaganda told the people that she had killed unarmed UB officers.

She was beaten, tortured and raped, but she never gave up anyone, no name, no address, just before the execution she had managed to send a short message out to her grandma saying " Granny, I have behaved in the way I should".

She was only 17
Dougpol1 32 | 2,673
24 Mar 2015 #11
Do you remember the Night Swap??

I reckon the premier with the bushy eyebrows should have been allowed to do his job, and nail those commies.
I know Harry and others wouldn't agree about the "witch-hunt " of that regime - but my wifees' family were landowners in a small town and were properly ****** by those thieving bastards.

People who needed shafting from a great height include that Miller joke - and what did Poles go and do? Elect the thief to PM. Thank God those days are gone.

Or are they?
What is Michnik doing these days with his Agora millions. I reckon he is tarred with the same brush.

Still doesn't mean I would vote PIS - as they can't handle the economy.
Why is some film in such bad quality? There is better quality film of the subject out there.
OP king_krak 1 | 9
24 Mar 2015 #12
Michnik vel Szechter :)
And Szechter was a stalinist judge.. yeah its true Pland will not be Free withou a major lustration and a purification of the secret services, govt institutions and parties themselves..

Its so weird and ad how in the film when Mikke's asked " Do the results from the lists surprise you ?" He says Yes we are very shocked.. he was probably talking about people like Walesa TW Bolek for an example :/

Trailer of a film about the execution of Generakl Emil Fieldorf "Nil" ps:

doesn't mean I would vote PIS

Lets not get into the modern politics :)
I myself will be voting PiS, but i also think of RN

Heres a link to Zakazane Piosenki, one of the films I'll always enjoy.. even in the darkest hour of Communism you can "smell" the 2RP in this hah

Although a Commie-timed film about the Defenders of Westerplatte..still better than that crap made in the "Free" Poland or PRL-bis :)
Dougpol1 32 | 2,673
25 Mar 2015 #13
I agree with you Krak. The old films are the best - maybe because there were no special effects and they had to tell a historical story, even if the Polish Film Institute had it's hands tied by the Party.

Black and white rules, and Westerplatte was a well made film of it's kind. I will not be bothering with the remake.
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
25 Mar 2015 #14
Sure, 'cuz the actors in those movies BELIEVED what they were performing, not imitating what they've been scripted to say!
OP king_krak 1 | 9
25 Mar 2015 #15
Exactly, the remake's BS anyway, crappy revisonist film.. when I was growing up eveyrone knew that the Westerplatte defenders were heroic soldiers that never asked a question, never feraed the enemy and died in the defence of Fatherland.. now this is being undermined teaching the youth that its okay to be scared and to try and betray your fellows to save your own skin..

I am no commie :) but I have to say that the commie cinema knew what kinda of message to give and if you wouldstrip all the commie bullcrap that they were forced to link in, thestories of those film is quite remarkable and tahts how it should have stayed.

The remake shows a conflictbetween the commander - who is being called a fanatic and a secon-in-command who is a coward.. I think that sometimes what the film makers take us realism is actually a falsification of truth which also dishonours the Heros.
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
25 Mar 2015 #16
Films in general nowadays don't seem to have "character actors" as in former times, since it seems so relatively few people as a whole have either character or personality any longer! Scripts/Dialogue reflect the times, and these are sorry times, I'm tellin' ya.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446
29 Mar 2015 #17
My favourite was "Hubal", esp. that I saw it in communist Poland. The scene of Hubal and his freedom-fighters marching up to the altar amid the singing of "Boże coś Polskę" choked up many a Pole.
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
31 Mar 2015 #18
....sounds like the reaction of the crowd I was with when I first saw "Zakazane Piosenki"! When the first strains of the Warszawianka began, I saw my neighbor start dabbing her eyes with a tissue. And by the time our heroine played by that wonderful actress whose first name's Szarafka (or something like that), slowly began singing the final stanza of the above tune, there was scarcely a dry eye in the house (including my own).
Ziemowit 14 | 4,406
31 Mar 2015 #19
And by the time our heroine played by that wonderful actress whose first name's Szarafka (or something like that)

Szaflarska, Danuta Szaflarska. She celebrated her one hundredth birthday a little while ago. She is well and still performs in the theater.


Slavictor 6 | 192
8 May 2018 #21

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antheads 13 | 366
21 Jun 2019 #22
Ryszard Bugajski died on the 7th of June. For me he was second to Wajda as a director in being able to illustrate the history of our nation .Every film he made was important to polish culture.

Przesłuhanie/Interogation was a film about UB imprisoning and torturing an actress in stalinist poland. It was banned and ordered destroyed in 1982 and the director managed to make a vhs copy which was then shown in the solidarity community. In 89 the film could finally be screened legaly and won awards at Cannes.

General Nil told the story of how the communists chased down and executed the General in post war poland
Układ zamknięty/The Closed Circuit. was set in poland in the late 1990s, based on a true story it demonstrated how post communist apparatchiks stole the wealth of businesses through brutal methods. Denied funding during PO's reign, the director sought funding from business organisations who understood the pathology of Poland in 2013.

I have not seen Zaćma/Blindess yet but it is about but it about life of a stalinist criminal in poland meeting the cardinal.

Below are the links to his films (adblocker recomended of course)

Generał Nil
Układ Zamk
Miloslaw 14 | 4,583
21 Jun 2019 #23

Brilliant post.
And thank you so much for your excellent links.
Dziekuje bardzo!!
antheads 13 | 366
22 Jun 2019 #24
No worries!/Nie ma za co
Every expat in poland needs to watch these videos as an education to poland. If they need I have the eng subtitles for them :)
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
23 Jun 2019 #25
"Przesluchanie" was indeed a frightening film. It was hardly my favorite Polish movie, and scarcely patriotic:-)
Crow 160 | 10,261
27 Jun 2019 #26
I regularly enjoy Polish patriotic movie scene. Love it and love Polish patriotism and love Poland (only don`t love current regime in Poland).

Anyway, here it is >>> its about Draża - Serbian Czatnik that served in Poland during WWII and fought against Nazi Germans and banderists in Ukraine. Commanded in actions around Lwow saving many brotherly Poles.
pawian 197 | 20,021
25 Jul 2019 #27
"Przesluchanie" was indeed a frightening film. It was hardly my favorite Polish movie, and scarcely patriotic:-)

Hmm, yes, very depressive.
Well, to some extent it is patriotic as it shows what stalinist communists were able to do with people who they considered enemies of the system. After watching the film, the youth should know what to think of stalinism. In Poland Stalin is considered a mass murderer, in Russia - a hero.
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
25 Jul 2019 #28
Obviously, a strong, anti-Stalinist statement!

Yet name me any Polish film, aside from pure entertainment fluff, which is NOT "political" in some way:-)
pawian 197 | 20,021
25 Jul 2019 #29
Political or patriotic, because now I don`t know what you mean. :)
Lyzko 37 | 8,579
25 Jul 2019 #30
Either one:-)

I mean, " Niewinne Czarodzieje" or "Rozdrodze Café", although from two different generations, were both entertaining, while scarcely 'political' in content.

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