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Andrzej Wajda, Celebrated Polish Director, Dies at 90

9 October 2016 3:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Renowned Polish director Andrzej Wajda died Sunday in Warsaw after a short illness. He was 90. His death was confirmed by the Associated Press and Polish media outlets.

Though best known in the U.S. for his realistic WWII trilogy “A Generation,” “Kanal,” and “Ashes and Diamonds” from the late 1950s, the always controversial and politically vital filmmaker continued working into the 21st century and was considered Poland’s preeminent filmmaker. His latest film, the biopic “Afterimage,” had recently been selected as Poland’s foreign language Oscar submission. In 2000 the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences honored Wajda with an honorary Oscar in recognition of a lifetime of work.

Through his bold use of imagery, Wajda was able to circumvent state censors during the Cold War years and create stinging indictments of war and political oppression in the postwar years.

Poland’s history under the Soviet Union was the basis for »

- Richard Natale

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Poland Enters Andrzej Wajda’s ‘Afterimage’ Into Oscar Contention

28 September 2016 4:36 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Poland has chosen “Afterimage,” from veteran director Andrzej Wajda, as its entry for this year’s foreign-language Oscar.

The film, written by Andrzej Mularczyk, is a biopic about avant-garde artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who battled Stalinist orthodoxy and his own physical impairments to advance progressive ideas about art. It saw its world premiere at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival earlier this month.

The film was chosen as Poland’s Oscar contender by a committee composed of representatives of the country’s film industry and members of the Polish Film Institute.

The 90-year-old Wajda, who received an honorary Oscar in 2000, has directed films across seven decades since his debut with “A Generation” in 1955. His 1983 film “Danton” won a BAFTA for best foreign-language film.

“Afterimage” is his ninth film to be submitted by Poland for Oscar consideration. Four have made the cut for the foreign-language Oscar short list: “The Promised Land” in 1975, “The »

- Robert Mitchell

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Top 5 Films For Bastille Day, July 14

13 July 2016 7:50 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

In honor of Bastille Day, July 14, France’s independence day, here is a list of five top French Revolution films (in no particular order). Not all the films are French and not all have to do with The Revolution. but all celebrate French patriotism or the revolutionary ideals of Liberté, Égalité et Fraternité.

Oddly, there are not a lot of great French films on the Revolution, although it certainly seems a ripe subject for an epic. Still, all these are great films, in the spirit of the day. Vive La France!

Danton (1983)

The great French actor Gerard Depardieu stars as Danton, one of the early leaders of the Revolution but who fell from power as revolutionary leaders became more radical, in this excellent French film from Polish director Andrzej Wajda. It is considered one of the best films on the Revolution, but it was also a covert jab at the »

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