Poland – Polish cinematography has produced many impressive movies related to different disciplines of life. It is difficult to present all of them in one article, therefore, we will try to focus on the most iconic ones. Also it should be noted these are not some fantasy cgi filled movies that you can see from Hollywood, but rather they focus on hard topics as life, war, tragedies and other obstacles that life brings us and what Poland went through in it’s history.
List contains movies from various categories comedy, drama and action so we are sure you will find at least one movie that fits your taste to enjoy Polish cinematography. Enough talk, let’s check it out:
Katyń by Andrzej Wajda
The monumental masterpiece by recently deceased legendary director. Wajda’s movie shows the traumatic experiences of KatynKatyn massacre from 1940.The plot is based on the book by Andrzej Mularczyk ”Post Mortem: The Story of Katyn”. If you like movies related to the history of World War II, but you also want to learn some history, you will be deeply touched by this movie.
The Pianist by Roman Polański
Another inspiring movie, but also difficult to watch to the sensitive person. In 2002 Roman Polański has produced and directed the movie about the Polish-Jewish pianist and composer, Władysław Szpilman,played by Adrien Brody. Awarded with BAFTA awards and three Oscars: Best Director (Polanski), Best actor (Brody) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ronald Harwood). Tissues are recommended.
The Deluge, Colonel Wolodyjowski, With Fire and Sword – trilogy by Jerzy Hoffman
The adaptation of the three novels by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Polish writer awarded with Noble Prize in Literature in 1905. Sienkiewicz was awarded for his novel Quo Vadis, but the three novels related to the history of Poland during the 17th century stay the most popular works by him. Polish people often compare the plot of these stories to the movies like ”The Three Musketeers”, but the story is very different than the French masterpiece. Anyway, if you love the history movies, full of adventures and battle scenes, you should watch these movies.
See you tomorrow by Janusz Morgenstern
If you know something about the history of Polish movies, you are aware of the importance of Zbigniew Cybulski and the his eyeglasses. The movie tells a story of two young people and the love game between them. However, the major value of this movie is the opportunity of seeing the city of Gdansk during the recovering of it after the World War II.
My Nikifor by Krzysztof Krauze
Nikifor was a folk and naive painter from Krynica-Zdrój. During 73 years of his life he painted over 40,000 works, however, he lived in a poverty and people believed that he was mentally ill. The movie by Krauze with remarkable starring of Krystyna Feldman, showed Nikifor as misunderstood genius, who was too sensitive for the cruelty of the world.
Trzy kolory – Three Colors Trilogy by Krzysztof Kieślowski
Most of the people who watch these three movies believe that they are French movies. However, they had been created by Polish iconic director Krzysztof Kieślowski. The titles trilogy are related to the French flag: blue, white and red. They represent the motto of French Republic: liberty, equality, and fraternity. Each one of the movies shows the story related to these symbols. If you like more demanding movies, this is a proposal for you.
Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski
Have you seen the Oscar Awards Gala in 2014? If you did, you remember perhaps Paweł Pawlikowski, the director who received a statuette and had too long speech. The movie ”Ida” is a drama film set in Poland in 1962. It is a story of a young woman, whose life had been broken during the World War II when she was orphaned. The plot of the movie is focused on the meeting of her aunt and the pain of unhealed wounds. The movie is sophisticated and nostalgic, perfect for demanding viewer.
Pharaoh by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
In 1966 Polish visionary director created a movie filmed in Europe, Asia, and Africa. The scenes at the desert had been made in Uzbekistan, where the team of the movie spent nearly six months. Although, the temperature in Uzbekistan was nearly 50 degrees, the result of works was appreciated by the nomination of Academy Award. Consulted by Polish famous Egyptologist Kazimierz Michałowski stays one of the most appreciated movies related to Ancient Egypt in the history of world cinematography.
Teddy Bear by Stanisław Bareja
If you want to see how Polish can joke of themselves, if you are interested in the funniest, but also very true, details of Polish mentality, you must see this movie. The surreal humor of the movie from 1980, is a reflection of the times of the censorship and socialism in Poland.
Bogowie by Łukasz Palkowski
The story of famous cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa and his remarkable success, of the first heart transplant in Poland in 1985. Impressive story based on real facts.