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Directed by perhaps the most prolific of Polish directors from a story that is surpassingly personal, Andrzej Wajda opens Katyn, his depiction of the events surrounding the 1940 massacre of 20,000 Polish officers and intellectuals by the Bolsheviks and the ensuing cover-up, with a moment of startling consternation. A mass of huddled Polish citizens crosses a bridge, fleeing the closing grip of the Wehrmacht, only to be met with fellow countrymen running in panic from the Red Army, which is advancing in the opposite direction.

The image has been in Wajda's head for years but it only found its way onto the screen 50 years after A Generation, the director's debut. Nevertheless, the story of the Katyn Forest massacre is in the director's DNA: His father, Jakub, was a cavalry officer who met his end there at the age of 40. The atrocity of the act, carried out by the Russian secret police, doesn't come to bloom until the film's final moments, but Wajda's aim extends far beyond just the harrowing tragedy itself.

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Chopin Review


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In the wake of successful composer biographies like Amadeus and Immortal Beloved, one might think a film about Frederic Chopin might be in order. Alas, this Polish production (Chopin, along with Andy Warhol, is one of the country's most famed natives) comes up short, coming across as a low-budget and deeply muddled love letter to the maestro.

The heart of the problem is Piotr Adamczyk's portral of Chopin, who is styled as a pompous ass, albeit not an entertaining one a la Mozart. Chopin doesn't have much of a story outside of his musical stylings (which don't merit much attention in this movie) and his relationship with George Sand, the noted feminist author who also romanced Liszt. The problem isn't really even Adamczyk's performance but the fact that we're far more interested in Sand (Danuta Stenka) and her offspring. (This is probably because the Sand family is portrayed as impetuous and headstrong instead of dour and mannish.)

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10th October, 1961

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