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 »
Filmed in 1976 and shelved for five years. A young man in his twenties leaves prison after a three-year sentence. He wants to start a new life in a place where he is not known and dreams ... 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.
The best of eight shorts I watched in quick succession is this ‘day in the life of a hospital’ film; it uses the hours of the day as a guide-line for the development of particular situations. The subject is actually pretty grim as various people come in for serious bodily treatment, sometimes parting with a limb in the process: the most excruciating sequence involves a graphic knee-cap operation (which, however, unexpectedly descends into black comedy as instruments get lodged into the bone-structure or else come apart!); interestingly, there’s even an investigation into the case of a patient who has thrown herself out of the fourth floor of the building! At 20 minutes, it’s the longest of the lot – but this actually benefits one’s appreciation of the nonstop goings-on at such an obviously sensitive place.
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