Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

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Three Film Package

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February 5 – 16

Organized by Martin Scorsese’s non-profit organization The Film Foundation, this essential selection—curated by Scorsese himself—features films from some of Poland’s most accomplished and lauded filmmakers, spanning the period from 1957–1987. Each film has been digitally re-mastered and brilliantly restored into newly subtitled DCPs.

Read more about the films in Film Comment's rep diary on the series.

Stop by the Furman Gallery to check out an exhibit of Polish movie posters by Posteritati.

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In This Series

Man of Iron

Man of Iron

Andrzej Wajda | 1981 | 153 mins

Opening Night!

Wajda’s Palme d’Or-winning, Oscar-nominated masterpiece follows the workers’ strike in Gdańsk in August 1980 that led to the formation of the Solidarity trade union.

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Camouflage

Camouflage

Krzysztof Zanussi | 1976 | 101 mins

Opening Night!

Director Krzysztof Zanussi in person on February 5!

The shallowness and cynicism of the academic milieu and the hypocrisy of idealism are depicted in the relationship between a young linguist and a diabolical associate professor. A universal story by one of the most renowned contemporary Polish directors.

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Ashes and Diamonds

Ashes and Diamonds

Andrzej Wajda | 1958 | 103 mins

At the end of WWII, a young Polish resistance soldier reaches a crossroads when Nazi rule is replaced by a communist regime that is not what he and his compatriots have been fighting for.

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Austeria

Austeria

Jerzy Kawalerowicz | 1982 | 107 mins

On the first night of WWI, refugees seek sanctuary from the Russian army in a country inn owned by a Jewish family in this intimate drama set against the turbulence of history.

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Black Cross

Black Cross

Aleksander Ford | 1960 | 173 mins

The tragic love of Zbyszko and Danusia plays out amidst the Polish-German conflict that lead to the battle of Grunwald in this historical blockbuster.

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Blind Chance

Blind Chance

Krzysztof Kieslowski | 1981 | 123 mins

Kieślowski explores the autonomy of human choices by presenting three alternative versions of the life of 20 year old Witek, whose whole future depends on whether he can catch a train.

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The Constant Factor

The Constant Factor

Krzysztof Zanussi | 1980 | 91 mins

A young man who dreams of climbing the Himalayas finds himself compromising his ideals when he takes a job at an international trade company in Zanussi’s award-winning Cannes hit.

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Eroica

Eroica

Andrzej Munk | 1957 | 85 mins

Munk contrasts the absurd life of a street-wise bon-vivant with a sombre picture of righteous Polish officers incarcerated in a German camp in his ambiguous two-part wartime symphony.

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The Hourglass Sanatorium

The Hourglass Sanatorium

Wojciech Has | 1973 | 124 mins

Holocaust themes augment this adaptation of Jewish author Bruno Schulz’s visionary and poetic reflection on the nature of time and death, which won the Jury Award at Cannes.

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The Illumination

The Illumination

Krzysztof Zanussi | 1972 | 93 mins

A young provincial man comes to the capital to study physics and must tackle life’s universal questions in this philosophical essay comprising animation, experimental methods and documentary footage.

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Innocent Sorcerers

Innocent Sorcerers

Andrzej Wajda | 1960 | 88 mins

In 1950s Poland, two young people meet in a bar and go from small talk to bed, but as dawn approaches what seemed to be a meaningless episode in their lives gets more complicated.

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Jump

Jump

Tadeusz Konwicki | 1965 | 105 mins

In this Polish Western, a man on the run seeks refuge in a ghost town halfway between dream and reality, whose desperate inhabitants can’t decide if he’s a prophet or a common liar.

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The Last Day of Summer

The Last Day of Summer

Tadeusz Konwicki | 1958 | 62 mins

A man and a woman who cannot communicate meet on an empty beach in this subtle tale of a confrontation of two lonely people from which a true closeness cannot result.

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Mother Joan of the Angels

Mother Joan of the Angels

Jerzy Kawalerowicz | 1960 | 110 mins

A young, virtuous exorcist is sent to a mysterious monastery inhabited by beautiful nuns who are said to be possessed by demons in this thrilling and philosophical portrait of human vice.

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Night Train

Night Train

Jerzy Kawalerowicz | 1959 | 98 mins

A subtle game of emotions between two travelers—changing from mutual aversion to closeness without hope of a future—plays out amidst the human microcosm of a night train.

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Pharaoh

Pharaoh

Jerzy Kawalerowicz | 1965 | 152 mins

This epic production, complete with huge battle scenes and stunningly choreographed musical pieces, focuses on a young Ramses XIII as takes over rule of the ancient Egyptian empire.

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The Promised Land

The Promised Land

Andrzej Wajda | 1974 | 170 mins

Wajda’s fascinating portrait of the industrial city of Lodz during the birth of gritty 19th century capitalism is also a tale of the strength of masculine friendship.

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The Saragossa Manuscript

The Saragossa Manuscript

Wojciech Has | 1964 | 183 mins

Based on one of the greatest works of world literature, a mountain-crossing turns into a sequence of supernatural and frightful events for the skeptical Alphonse van Worden.

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A Short Film About Killing

A Short Film About Killing

Krzysztof Kieslowski | 1987 | 86 mins

The paths of three men—a cabbie, a lawyer, and a killer—cross on a sombre March day in this psychological and ethical study of murder that launched Kieślowski’s international career.

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To Kill This Love

To Kill This Love

Janusz Morgenstern | 1972 | 92 mins

As Neil Armstrong lands on the moon, two young Poles kept out of university by communist quotas discover love and life in a big city, dreaming of an independence they cannot enjoy.

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The Wedding

The Wedding

Andrzej Wajda | 1972 | 107 mins

Characters from all walks of life come together at a 19th century wedding party and things take a turn for the uncanny when ghosts from their pasts mingle with the joyful celebrations.

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