The film is a biography of Pope John Paul II. It starts in 1926 when the boy Karol Wojtila was celebrating Christmas with his father in Poland. Some years later Nazi Germany attacks Poland ... See full summary »
Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl. The wedding is attended by a heterogenous group of people from all... See full summary »
A man hops off a train by the small town where he claims he was before. His presence allows to bring out the inner feelings and beliefs of the inhabitants. A man who has hidden through all ... See full summary »
Set in pre- World War II era. A young man is on a strange train to see his dying father in a sanatorium. But the place is going to ruin and recalls a lot of memories from the past. He is ... See full summary »
In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »
A famous Polish journalist presents a problem for the powers-that-be when he displays his full political skill and knowledge on a television show featuring questions and answers on a world ... See full summary »
A man, Jerzy, enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something. He has to share sleeping-compartment with a woman who also seems to be on the run. ... See full summary »
Takes place in a prewar Poland. A tubercular young man comes to stay with his brother on a farm. He is in love with life and constantly plays 1930's music on a piano. He gets involved with ... See full summary »
The story of some good people with a 'bourgeois' love of horses under repressive PZPR Stalinism
"Cwal" ("At Full Gallop" or "In Full Gallop"), is the story of a collection of good people living under the USSR-supported Stalinist-Communist single-party government of the Polish United Worker's Party (the 'Polska Zjednoczona Partia Robotnicza', or the 'PZPR') in the former 'People's Republic of Poland' (the 'Polska Rzeczpospolita Ludowa', or the 'PRL'), a satellite state of the Soviet Union.
This film, apparently largely based on the real childhood experiences of the director, Krzysztof Zanussi Zanussi (1939-, "Persona non grata" (2005), "Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease" (2000)), shows just some of the suffering caused by the misguided Communist politics of 'class' envy and the resentment of 'bourgeois' hobbies in the former Eastern bloc (see Ksawery).
The good people of Poland are repeatedly denied and repressed as when Hubert is not permitted by the state to accept harmless packages from his father in England and when his eccentric Aunt Idalia (the beautiful and talented Maja Komorowska of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Dekalog, jeden" and "Dekalog, dwa" (1989), Zanussi's "Kontrakt" (1980) and Andrzej Wajda's "Wesele" (1973) fame...) cannot easily (or legally) indulge in her 'bourgeois' passion of horse riding without winning the assistance of an ironically overfed government Minister or a pompous 'Socialist hero' the type of General Rossokovsky.
I would highly recommend this very entertaining and emotive film to anyone, including - no, especially - the Socialists of all parties.
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