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

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Cast

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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
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Irena
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Lt. Piotr
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Andrzej's Mother
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Professor Jan
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Tadeusz
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Ewa
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Maj. Popov
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Obersturmbannführer Brunon Müller (as Joachim Assböck)
Waldemar Barwinski ...
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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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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) (22 February 2009)

Gross:

$118,095 (USA) (19 April 2015)
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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

When Soviets are about to execute the General, there is a portrait of Joseph Stalin on the back wall. Stalin on the portrait has the uniform with shoulder straps of the Marshal of Soviet Union. Soviets begun to use shoulder straps in 1943 and Stalin did not had any military rank during events of Katyn massacre. He became Marshal in 1943 and Generalissimus in 1945. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Andrzej Wajda: Róbmy zdjecie! (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Parts: Agnus Dei, Lux Aeterna, Chaconne
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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Silent tragedy
4 February 2008 | by (Sweden) – 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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