Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son, trying to preserve his skin, ultimately becomes a hero and finds a reason for... See full summary »

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Dzidzius Gorkiewicz (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Barbara Polomska ...
Zosia, Dzidzius' Wife (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Ignacy Machowski ...
Major (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Leon Niemczyk ...
Lt. Istvan Kolya (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
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Polish Commandant (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Zofia Czerwinska ...
Jogodka (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Eleonora Lorentz ...
Old Woman (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Emil Karewicz ...
Polish Officer (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Tomasz Lengren ...
Boy Scout (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Jerzy Turek ...
Polish Soldier (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Roman Wilhelmi ...
Polish Soldier (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Tomasz Zaliwski ...
Hungarian Officer (segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Jerzy Felczynski ...
(segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Roman Hubczenko ...
(segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
Zygmunt Listkiewicz ...
(segment "Scherzo alla Polacca")
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Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son, trying to preserve his skin, ultimately becomes a hero and finds a reason for fighting. He initially tries to avoid underground training to avoid the Warsaw uprising. His drunkenness, disregard for safety and cowardice when sober stated with humorous effect come out as something sane in the world gone mad. His will to survive is more acceptable than any desire for heroic death. The second novel, "Ostinato lugubre", details a hopeless attempt at escape from a prison camp by a man who can no longer stand the confinement and idiocy of the professional soldiers trying to keep up the military preneses in prison. Nevertheless, his escape boosts the morale of his fellow prisoners, while the "escapee" lies hidden from Germans and comrades alike." Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Eroica-A masterpiece by Polish director Andrzej Munk which shows that heroism is not a virtue for some people in times of war.
16 January 2016 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

Most people associate war with suffering as no war is devoid of untold misery.It is for this reason most works of art are created with a serious approach in order to understand human suffering which has taken place during the times of war. However, there are some exceptions too. These works have approached war in a lighter vein as the idea in these works has been to reveal the strange mechanisms of human mind. Polish director Andrzej Munk's classic film 'Eroica' is one such work of art wherein war is treated from a comical point of view. His film does its best to provide good laughter through its two sketches which depict Polish people who were caught in war when Nazi Germany attacked Poland. In the first sketch, 'Scherzo Alla Polacca', heroism is completely avoided by an innocent army man who decides that he would like to live at all costs. This episode is funny as it shows how a common man is ready to pay any price in order to stay alive including pardoning his wife who was involved in an affair with an army general. The second sketch, "Ostinato Lugubre" doesn't have any trace of slapstick humor but is able to garner some laughter by depicting amusing antics of a group of captured Polish army officers who hanker continually after cigarettes and food. This episode is more serious in nature due to its depiction of two deaths. However, some viewers might have a good laugh at the vain efforts made by these officers to get hold of glory when there is nothing to be had. Eroica seems to suggest that heroism might be a virtue for many but there are many who don't want to make a mess of their lives by pursuing it in vain. However, the danger is that the voices of this silent majority is not heard. It is hoped that after watching 'Eroica', viewers would change their perceptions about this silent minority.


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