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Katyn (2007)

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

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Jerzy
Maja Ostaszewska ...
Anna
Artur Zmijewski ...
Andrzej
Danuta Stenka ...
Róza
Jan Englert ...
General
Magdalena Cielecka ...
Agnieszka
Agnieszka Glinska ...
Irena
Pawel Malaszynski ...
Lt. Piotr
Maja Komorowska ...
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

On 17 September 1939, a group of Polish officers and soldiers are imprisoned by the Soviet Army on the border of Poland. Anna and her daughter Nika travel from Krakow to meet her husband and officer Andrzej and they try to convince him to leave the soldiers and escape back home. However, Andrzej refuses to leave the troop and is deported to USSR. Later the Soviet tells that the Polish officers had been massacred by the Germans in the Katyn Forest with a shot on the back of the neck. However Anna retrieves Andrzej's diary and discloses that the soldiers had been actually murdered by the Soviet Army. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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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:

£25,118 (UK) (19 June 2009)

Gross:

£25,118 (UK) (19 June 2009)
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Trivia

The director's father was killed in this massacre. Andrzej Wajda was only 13 years old then. His father's remains were never found. 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 »

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Referenced in Pozner: Ezhi Artur Bar (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 2, Part 1 - Moderato
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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Silent tragedy
4 February 2008 | by (Poland) – See all my reviews

A well done picture speaking for those who cannot speak for themselves and would be gladly considered never existing by some.

Although it's difficult to credibly and adequately convey the horror of such a murder which became a life tragedy for many Polish families and undoubtedly affected the way Poland looked after the war I think the director made a good job. Especially so, that it happened to be his personal tragedy as well.

Despite that the movie is well-balanced with emotions and atmosphere. Modest colors and anxious music by Penderecki emphasize the horror of those who were waiting. Short cuts of brutal scenes of murder leave speechless. No additional comment is needed.


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