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I Love Polish Movies!

Updated on July 29, 2013

Subjective selection of best Polish films

Polish cinematography is often associated with the Polish Film School represented among others by directors: Wajda, Munk and Kawalerowicz, and other filmmakers with Polish roots like Polanski, Kieslowski, Holland.

But Polish cinema is more than that. Below I try to show a bigger spectrum of Polish movies by going beyond those famous names and picking various films that set mark on cinematography in Poland.

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With Fire and Sword

Director: Jerzy Hoffman

Adventure/historical film from 1999.

Starring: Izabella Scorupco (as Helena), Michal Zebrowski (as Skrsetuski), Aleksandr Domogarov (as Bohun), Andrzej Seweryn (as Wisniowiecki), Daniel Olbrychski (as Tugay Bey)

An epic story about the Cossack uprising in the 17th Century Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth based on book Trilogy by Henryk Sienkiewicz. Spectacular battles between Polish winged hussars, Cossacks and Tatars, romantic drama, honour, courage and a lot of humor that all audiences will enjoy. As the violent confrontation builds, a battle for the heart of a beautiful girl rages between a dashing Polish hussar and a brutish Cossack.

This movie tells the story of the 1st book of the Trilogy, other two books were also filmed: Part 2 - The Deluge , Part 3 - Colonel Wolodyjowski.

Photo (c) http://domogarow.republika.pl/

Love song from With Fire and Sword

Sexmission

Director: Juliusz Machulski

"Cult" Polish film from 1984. Sci-fi comedy and a political satire.

Starring: Olgierd Lukaszewicz (as Albert), Jerzy Stuhr (as Max).

Brilliant cast, great script and a lot of fun. Every Pole knows this film!

Two scientists are chosen as guinea pigs for a time experiment: they are placed in hibernation and should be brought back to life after three years. In the meantime, however, the World War III breaks out and life have been wiped out of the surface of the Earth. When they wake up, it turns out that not only 50 years have passed but also that they are the only living specimens of the male sex in a new, underground society composed exclusively of women. Max used to be woman-chaser so he finds himself in heaven. Albert, on the other hand, forgot all about love and sex as a serious scientist, but is willing to learn. So are the Amazons, who after a kiss turn into pliant kittens. The Council of Women is going to decide their fate, so they are trying to win more time...

Photo (c) http://zloteprzeboje.tuba.pl/

Kiler

Director: Juliusz Machulski

Action comedy from 1997.

Starring: Cezary Pazura (Kiler), Jerzy Stuhr (Ryba)

An innocent cab driver is mistaken for a contract killer and arrested by police. It all started because the taxi driver's name is Jurek Kiler, and kiler is the unofficial word for hitman in Polish. The cab driver Jurek Kiler is mistaken for a contract killer and imprisoned. Soon, he is sprung by a mob boss who needs "Killer" for a few more jobs. This movie, an action comedy and a parody of action films, was a big hit in Poland.

Photo (c) http://filmpolska.de

Katyn

Director: Andrzej Wajda

War drama/historical from 2007.

Academy Award Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film 2007.

Starring: Andrzej Chyra, Artur ┼╗mijewski, Jan Englert, Maja Ostaszewska, Maja Komorowska, Krzysztof Globisz.

The fact-based story of the Katyn Forest Massacre. After Germany's and Soviet Union's invasion of Poland in 1939, Joseph Stalin ordered the liquidation of the Polish officer corps, slaughtering nearly 22,000 men in Katyn Forest near Smolensk in 1940. In this film the story is told as seen from two points of view: by the captured and soon to be murdered Polish officers and their wives waiting for any news from and about their missing husbands.

Photo (c) http://www.moviemail-online.co.uk

On the Banks of the Niemen

Director: Zbigniew Kuzminski

Romance from 1986

Starring:Adam Marjanski, Iwona Katarzyna Pawlak, Marta Lipinska, Janusz Zakrzenski

This sprawling historical epic has also been called "the Gone with the Wind of Polish cinema." Romance and class struggles clash against a background of the 1863 uprising against Russian occupation. Based on the classic Polish novel The River Niemen by Eliza Orzeszkowa.

Photo (c) http://i.iplsc.com/-/0000Y0TQ9Q1U9NL0-C303.jpg

Man of Marble

Director: Andrzej Wajda

Drama from 1976.

Starring:Krystyna Janda, Jerzy Radziwilowicz, Tadeusz Lomnicki

In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly a proletariat hero, at how that heroism was created, and what became of him. She gets hold of outtakes and censored footage and interviews the man's friends, ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero. A portrait of Birkut emerges: he believed in the workers' revolution, in building housing for all, and his very virtues were his undoing...

The story of Birkut continues in the Man of Iron, where it tells about the 1980 Polish Solidarity strike at the Gdansk shipyard...

Photo (c) http://www.kinopodbaranami.pl

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      Johnd610 2 years ago

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      Joebeducci 3 years ago

      Seksmisja is really great, also Mis is lovely. But my favorite is Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa definitely my favorite. I could watch that movie every time! Greets, Joebeducci

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      Georgene Moizuk Bramlage 4 years ago from southwestern Virginia

      This is a neat lens. I've seen most of these movies - the historical ones - it is sometimes tedious with the language, but well worth it. I especially like the movies of Andrzej Wajda. Thank you for sharing.

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      Mairis 5 years ago

      i just know bout this movie