This documentary explores the changing faces of the old Polish city of Lodz, and how its modernization, both physically and culturally, affects the older, more conservative residents, many ... See full summary »
Romek, an idealistc 19-year-old boy, takes a job as a tailor in the costume department of a Warsaw theater company where his new colleague, Sowa, is pressured to make a costume for an ... See full summary »
1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz, an honest Party man, is put in charge of the ... See full summary »
A look at the Central Station in Warsaw, the country's most famous building of the 1970s. There's the inevitable clash between delayed trains and chaos at the station, and the propaganda slogans glorifying the site.
Classic fly-on-the-wall documentary technique with the somewhat sexy world of International Rallying as the subject which probably attracted the financing of this short. It really is an extension of his shop floor factory observations as one desperate rally entrant has to do all the work which includes acquiring a car, modifying it, preparing it for the rally all the while battling a bunch of petty bureaucrats enforcing a bunch of arbitrary laws and rules, statutory meanness which would even make someone from Monterry blush. At one point a vital part is withheld and the entrant pleads just to borrow the part for some hours in order for a machinist to copy it. The car, a stock Polska, the Polish version of the venerable Fiat 124, can top out at 106 kph, is delivered with full upholstery and a complete dashboard. The official makes no apology- this is the car we make so make the best of it.
The car is completely outclassed in the rally (the attendance of which by the filmmaker apparently wasn't in the budget.) The car is timed out and fails to compete beyond the first stage. In other words, very poorly indeed. Yet the film exists very plainly spoken. Because of all of the petty rules enforced by petty tyrants it is impossible for Poland to compete (here seen very literally) in the International arena.
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