Polish Cinema


Madness is the emergency exit…

Not too keen on the following film but some might like it:

Seen this one, though this film was almost a decade older but the story here actually serve as a 'sequel story' to Ken Russell's The Devils (1971), as it depicts the events after the trial and death of Loudun's once popular priest Urbain Grandier.

MJOTA is beautiful & at times haunting with art-house attributes that reminded me of Ingmar Bergman; highly recommended.

Other than Mother Joan & Polanski's masterpieces, I think I've seen only seen Katyn from Polish cinema. A great war flick based on 1940's Katyn massacre.

I liked the Mamoru Oshii movie made with Polish crew. Its a Polish film with a Japanese director:

Its a very artistically accomplished film.
It's widely hated here in Poland.

I liked the Mamoru Oshii movie made with Polish crew. Its a Polish film with a Japanese director:

Its a very artistically accomplished film.
It's widely hated here in Poland.

I won't dance. Don't ask me...
I've only seen films by two of those directors:

Krzysztof Kieślowski:
Three Colours Trilogy
The Double Life of Veronique
The Decalogue
A Short Film About Killing

Andrzej Wajda:

I do own Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds and Has' Hourglass Sanatorium and The Saragossa Manuscript. But I haven't gotten around to watching them yet.

I look forward to checking out some of the work by the directors listed I'd never heard of.
You must see Przypadek. It's the best movie of Kieślowski, in my opinion of course

I won't dance. Don't ask me...
Polish movie, which I can watch every time is Sex mission. It's metaphor of socialis system, put in sci-fi and comedy genre.

Have you seen any Polish movies?
Some good directors to start with:

Krzysztof Kieślowski
Wojciech Has
Andrzej Wajda
Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Tadeusz Konwicki
Krzysztof Zanussi

Have to see movies by:
Andrzej Munk
Janusz Morgenstern

When it comes to newer flicks I really liked Róża and think that both Las and Pora Umierać are great masterpieces. Too bad they haven't been advertised at all unlike some crappy romance comedy garbage.

EDIT: Whoopsy daisy! It seems that I put it into wrong category. It should be in General Movie Discussion. Any Mod nice enough to move it?
ive seen almost all Kieślowski, some Wajda stuff and Zanussi's .. and I liked it too.
You can call it the art of fighting without fighting.

I have Three Colors: Red, I really want to see more of Kieslowski's work, and I really need to see more Polish films in general. Polish cinema is awesome.

A Generation (1955)

Night Train (1959)
Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

Knife In The Water (1962)
Repulsion (1965)
Cul-de-sac (1966)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Chinatown (1974)
The Tenant (1976)
Frantic (1988)
The Ninth Gate (1999)
The Pianist (2002)
The Ghost Writer (2010)
Carnage (2011)
Venus In Fur (2013)

The Devil (1972)
That Most Important Thing: Love (1975)
Possession (1981)

The Illumination (1973)

Interrogation (1990)

Crows (1996)

Ida (2013)
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Glad to see this thread - Poland has always been one of the most exciting film industries to me.

A Short Film About Love, Day of the Wacko, Interrogation, Man of Marble and The Saragossa Manuscript, to name a few, showcase some of the particular excellence of Polish filmmaking.

Everyone should see at least one film by Wojciech Jerzy Has during their life.
It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live. — Albus Dumbledore

I won't dance. Don't ask me...
Cicha noc - Silent night

Adam - young man, is coming home for Christmas. The first scene in the bus, where he is traveling with his countrymen speaks a lot about style of the movie just from the beginning. At bus stop on the gas station, driver is telling passengers that toilet is due, so people are standing in a row on the roadside, to avoid a fee.
When Adam arrived, first thing he did, was renting a fancy car to make an impression on his family. And the family treats Adam as a moneybags, who thanks to the many earned in Holand, will solve every problem of all members. And need to say, there is a lot of problems to solve - father and grandpa are alcoholics, mother try to manage with running a home, unlce wants to make business with Adam and his younger brother doesn't seems happy because of the return of his brother. And Adam... His visit isn't also motiveless. He want to sell old grandpas house and start own company in Holland.

Silent night has funny scences and moments, but finally it's very bitter.
The fate of main characters is sealed. Father, who used to work in Germany, was suspended between two countries, like Adam's life now. He ask his son, did he raise his children badly. Adam reply that he didn't have a chance. Quite sorrow.

Hope You don't mind my post, @Mr Minio.
BTW, have You seen SN yet?
Sure, I don't mind. I haven't seen it.

Great thread. I've got a lot of films to watch now!