An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

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Lt. Jerzy
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Anna
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Andrzej
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Róza
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General
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Agnieszka
Agnieszka Glinska ...
Irena
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Lt. Piotr
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Andrzej's Mother
Wladyslaw Kowalski ...
Professor Jan
Antoni Pawlicki ...
Tadeusz
Agnieszka Kawiorska ...
Ewa
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Maj. Popov
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Obersturmbannführer Brunon Müller (as Joachim Assböck)
Waldemar Barwinski ...
Polish Officer
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Storyline

When the Soviet Union on 17 September 1939 invades Poland, Anna Aleksandrowna leaves her home in Krakow to search for her husband, the Polish captain Andrzej. She finds him together with other officers captured by the Red Army, but some minutes later he is pushed into a train, which will take all the Polish officers to a prison camp in Kozelsk in Russia. Anna and her daughter Nika is now stuck in the Soviet occupied zone, unable to go back to Krakow in the German zone, not until a brave Russian captain helps them to flee. 3 April 1940 Andrzej is transported from the prison camp in Kozelsk to the Katyn Forest, where thousands of Polish officers are killed. In 1943 the Germans capture this area and find the mass graves. 13 April 1943 they start announcing the names of the identified corpses through loudspeakers in Krakow. Anna is happy that Andrzej is not in any of the Katyn lists, which gives her some hope. 18 January 1945 the Red Army liberates Krakow from the Nazis. The Russians ... Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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katyn | officer | 1940s | red army | forest | See All (62) »

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The untold story of the crime Stalin could not hide.

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21 September 2007 (Poland)  »

Also Known As:

Das Massaker von Katyn  »

Box Office

Budget:

PLN 15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$11,053 (USA) (20 February 2009)

Gross:

$118,095 (USA) (29 May 2009)
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Trivia

Poland's Official Submission to the Best Foreign Language Film Category of the 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008). See more »

Goofs

(1h 24min in): When Tadeusz tears down the poster, we can see that he rips most of it from the wall. In the next scene when soldiers come, there is a close-up of a soldier holding the pieces of the poster that are much larger than those left by Tadeusz. See more »

Connections

Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Parts: Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Chaconne
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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The history behind world history
6 January 2009 | by (Stockholm, Sweden) – See all my reviews

Andrzej Wajda is a brave man. He made "The Man of Marble" and " The Man of Iron" a couple of years before the free trade unions started in Poland. Already in these pictures he attacked the communist system.

This is another variable of that theme. Here it is the Katyn massacre, there Polish officers were executed by the Soviets, who blamed all on the Nazis. And the Polish regime agreed upon it.

Wajda's method, in which he is better than almost anyone else, is showing the endless individual suffering behind the so called world history. Which makes this history more than statistics and analysis.

This is no exception.


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