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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Wladyslaw Kowalski ...
Professor Jan
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Tadeusz
Agnieszka Kawiorska ...
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)  »

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Das Massaker von Katyn  »

Box Office

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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

Tur says to Ewa, "Haven't you seen that Disney's "The Sleeping Beauty", remember?" That movie was first released fourteen years after 1945, so this may be a mistranslation in the subtitles for "Snow White". See more »

Connections

Referenced in Andrzej Wajda: Let's Shoot! (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Symphony No. 4, Part 1 - Adagio
Written by Krzysztof Penderecki
Performed by Polish State Philharmonic Orchestra
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Ingeniously exposure of the darkest face of humanity.
9 December 2007 | by (SanDiego, United States) – See all my reviews

This is not an average Oscar nominated Hollywood movie. There are few movies that are able to expose abyss of human nature, the darkest one in this case. It is not the most gruesome scenes, as one who knows the historical facts may expect to see, create emotional terror. Wajda masterfully leads the viewer deeply into reflections on how horrible humanity can become. There is little hope to change the course of the past, and yet when watching the film, one may catch himself hoping for a miracle of such a change. The journey through part of lives of those who were a part of this dark history is unforgettable.

As one can describe the included in Bethoveen's 9th "Ode to Joy" as the aspiration of humanity to reaching the best of itself, this movie shows what is the opposite alternative...


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