(1955, B/W) Director: Andrzej Wajda
This pic is one of the most incisive of all Polish director Andrzej Wajda's
films, despite the fact it was made in 1954 when there was more central governmental
control of screen productions in Poland.
(1958, B/W) Director: Andrzej Wajda
The story [from the novel by Bohdan Czeszko] concerns a youth during the occupation
of Poland in the last World War who comes to adulthood through love and adversity.
Members of the old Polski governmental underground here are treated mainly
as gangster types, with the Communists more humane and active.
Wajda's feeling for the period and heroism weld this so well it becomes a moving
tale of youth in crisis. It is perfectly acted and directed, with technical
It’s a taut thriller [from the novel by Jerzy Andrzejewski] about immediate
postwar Poland with a theme of the futility of killing and violence. Its technical
knowhow, fine acting and directorial prowess make this an above average drama.
It concerns two men told to kill a top communist on the last day of the war.
They represent the pre-war Polski ruling forces. Film details the eventual
murder and the ironic death of the murderer.
Director Andrzej Wajda is masterly in composing atmosphere and gets fine performances,
especially from Zbigniew Cybulski as the erratic young killer. Sharp direction,
theme and insight into a changing Poland of the period.
(1957, B/W) Director: Andrzej Wajda
A former resistance fighter himself, Wadja set the second part of his War Trilogy
on the 56th day of the Warsaw Uprising, among a group of bedraggled but determined
souls struggling to carry on the fight. When the characters are introduced
and make their way into the Warsaw sewers (the source of the title), the film
takes on a chiaroscuro intensity that never relents. Using the narrow, unpredictable
tunnels to navigate between the Warsaw ghetto's liberated and occupied zones,
the band of resisters soon splinters into small groups, which play out their
internal conflicts in the ever-fading light. Struggling to find their way in
the darkness, many lose the way, and some are lost for good, but the faint
light never wholly fades.