Based on a well-known Polish novel with the same title the movie re-tells a true life story of a group of scouts called ''Szare Szeregi'' (Gray Ranks) during the Nazi occupation of Warsaw ... See full summary »
"Powstanie Warszawskie" ("Warsaw Uprising") is the world's first feature film assembled entirely of documentary materials. The film tells the story of the Warsaw Uprising as seen by two ... See full summary »
Despite being in love with a Ukrainian boy from the same village, Polish girl named Zosia is forced into marrying a wealthy widower. Soon World War II begins and ethnic tensions arise. Amidst the war chaos Zosia tries to survive.
This is the movie that can shatter your mind. It squeezes your throat and doesn't let go till the end. You get it under your skin and when you realize that's it's based on facts you're no longer the same. Although it's shot in a very bright and colorful manner, without visual effects achieved by obscure camera work, it's very dark at the same time. This is the story of a very young man Stefan who is responsible for his family after his father's death on the front of the Second World War. He's not interested in any conspiracy, but when he meets a girl whose name is Ala, by whom he's fascinated and then in love, decides to set himself free from his mother's arms and, against his will, he's involved in the Warsaw Uprising. At the beginning there is fun in the war, typical for immature men, and even in the presence of the first death Stefan shows off his bravery in front of the girl. Everything changes suddenly with the first bullet and with some very tragic moment which he has witnessed. Those two things turn him into a walking dead who loses everything and all he wants is vengeance. The director Jan Komasa pulls the spectator into his movie and with no mercy forces him to experience the real cruelty of war. I have never seen in the cinema such brutality in its pure form, exposed in so natural way and not hidden behind convention. The first scene of Saving Private Ryan comes to my mind when I try to compare the presentation of death during battle, and death at all, in this movie. However here we have one big advantage, Mr. Komasa absolutely deprived his movie of any pathos. This film is simply about death and war burning out feelings, dreams and humanity. It's very realistic, but very fresh in its form with great soundtrack and editing, with some symbolic scenes that may be controversial, mostly in Poland, because Warsaw Uprising is the national tragedy here. It's made on a grand scale without compromise, shot in wide perspectives with great designer production. Undoubtedly this is just a great movie. Maybe I'm a little biased, because I regard previous Komasa's film Suicide Room as the best psychological drama I've ever seen, but I'm just a spectator and this is what I want to experience while watching movies – real emotions.
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