Polish Film School Movement (1956-1965)

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1. Cien (1956)

98 min | Action, Drama

A man has been found dead after having been hurled from a train. As security agents, police and a medical examiner piece together his identity, three accounts emerge: one set during World ... See full summary »

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Zygmunt Kestowicz, Adolf Chronicki, Emil Karewicz, Ignacy Machowski

Votes: 104

2. Kanal (1957)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, War

In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Tadeusz Gwiazdowski

Votes: 5,684

3. Czlowiek na torze (1957)

89 min | Drama

In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Kazimierz Opalinski, Zygmunt Maciejewski, Zygmunt Zintel, Zygmunt Listkiewicz

Votes: 393

4. Zagubione uczucia (1957)

75 min | Drama

One day in the miserable life of a female factory worker and single mother of four children. One of her sons - ridiculed by his peers - leaves home and gets into trouble.

Director: Jerzy Zarzycki | Stars: Maria Klejdysz, Andrzej Jurczak, Wladyslaw Woznik, Ewa Stojowska

Votes: 20

5. Zimowy zmierzch (1957)

94 min | Drama

Rumsza, the elderly railwayman, leading a sedate life with his wife, misses his only remaining son (two older boys were killed in the war). Joziuk finally returns from the military in the ... See full summary »

Director: Stanislaw Lenartowicz | Stars: Wlodzislaw Ziembinski, Maria Kierzkowa, Zygmunt Zintel, Ligia Branice

Votes: 45

7. Eroica (1958)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son, trying to preserve his skin, ultimately becomes a hero and finds a reason for... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Edward Dziewonski, Barbara Polomska, Ignacy Machowski, Leon Niemczyk

Votes: 729

8. Eve Wants to Sleep (1958)

95 min | Comedy

Ewa Bonecka, a young student about to start school in a new place finds herself without a place to sleep after she is declined a room in a women-only hotel. Helped by a pleasant policeman, ... See full summary »

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski | Stars: Barbara Lass, Stanislaw Mikulski, Stefan Bartik, Ludwik Benoit

Votes: 283

10. Wolne miasto (1958)

98 min | Drama, History, War

The heroic struggle of Polish post office workers in Gdansk on the first day of World War II.

Director: Stanislaw Rózewicz | Stars: Bronislaw Dardzinski, Wlodzislaw Ziembinski, Kazimierz Wichniarz, Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz

Votes: 53

11. Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Romance, War

During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Ewa Krzyzewska, Waclaw Zastrzezynski, Adam Pawlikowski

Votes: 8,709

12. The Last Day of Summer (1958)

66 min | Drama, Romance

A young man meets a middle-aged woman at a deserted beach. Will they overcome their personal and wartime traumas and find a way to stay together?

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Irena Laskowska, Jan Machulski

Votes: 392

13. Lydia Ate the Apple (1958)

97 min | Drama, Romance

Pawel and Lidka are from different worlds but they somehow meet each other in a night club. He's a young lad from a wealthy family, she's an attractive dancer. They fall in love and go out of town but their happiness doesn't last long.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Maria Wachowiak, Tadeusz Janczar, Gustaw Holoubek, Stanislaw Jaworski

Votes: 243

14. Petla (1958)

96 min | Drama

One day in the life of an alcohol addict. With the help of his girlfriend Krysia, Kuba attempts to regain control of his life. But when she's at work, Kuba is home alone, and it becomes hard not to resist the temptation.

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Gustaw Holoubek, Aleksandra Slaska, Teresa Szmigielówna, Tadeusz Fijewski

Votes: 593

15. Krzyz Walecznych (1959)

84 min | Drama, War

Three episodes showing the repercussions of war. A soldier returns to his ruined village, a stray dog turns out to be the former guard at Auschwitz, a young widow is hailed as the wife of the hero but dreams of something else.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Jerzy Turek, Aleksander Fogiel, Andrzej May, Bronislaw Pawlik

Votes: 90

16. Baza ludzi umarlych (1959)

104 min | Drama

Because of the danger involved and the harsh conditions, wood transport drivers, working in the forests of south-east Poland, are going to quit their jobs. A party activist arrives to make them change their minds.

Director: Czeslaw Petelski | Stars: Zygmunt Kestowicz, Emil Karewicz, Teresa Izewska, Leon Niemczyk

Votes: 333

17. Zamach (1959)

83 min | Drama, War

Set in the occupied Warsaw, the film tells the story of the mission carried out by the student uderground resistance group to execute the hated SS General Franz Kutchera.

Director: Jerzy Passendorfer | Stars: Bozena Kurowska, Grazyna Staniszewska, Zbigniew Cynkutis, Andrzej Kostenko

Votes: 96

18. Pociag (1959)

99 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Jerzy enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something - as does the strange woman with whom he must share a sleeping compartment.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna, Zbigniew Cybulski

Votes: 2,089

19. Lotna (1959)

90 min | Drama, War

Poland, during the World War. Lotna is a magnificent specimen of Arabian horse, the pride of her owner, too old to actually ride her but to whom she remains faithful nevertheless. The ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Jerzy Pichelski, Adam Pawlikowski, Jerzy Moes, Mieczyslaw Loza

Votes: 315

20. Do widzenia, do jutra... (1960)

88 min | Drama, Romance

Jacek is a handsome young Pole who belongs to a drama company. One day, in the streets of Gdansk, he meets Marguerite, a beautiful daughter of the French consul, and immediately falls for her.

Director: Janusz Morgenstern | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Teresa Tuszynska, Grazyna Muszynska, Barbara Baranowska

Votes: 451

21. Zezowate szczescie (1960)

92 min | Comedy

The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Munk | Stars: Bogumil Kobiela, Maria Ciesielska, Helena Dabrowska, Barbara Lass

Votes: 843

22. Nikt nie wola (1960)

86 min | Drama, Romance, War

The story of Poles moving to the west of the country after the war - to the lands originally inhabited by Germans - and starting a new life there. Lonely boy Bozek meets a girl called Lucyna and wants to run away from his wartime past.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Zofia Marcinkowska, Henryk Boukolowski, Barbara Krafftówna, Halina Mikolajska

Votes: 112

23. Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

110 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting.

Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Mieczyslaw Voit, Anna Ciepielewska, Maria Chwalibóg

Votes: 2,268

24. Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961)

99 min | Drama, War

Three episodes dealing with the harsh situation of children at the time of war. They stay at orphanages, wait for their parents to come back, help the soldiers, hide in the forests and do their best to survive.

Director: Stanislaw Rózewicz | Stars: Henryk Hryniewicz, Beata Barszczewska, Andrzej Banaszewski, Edward Mincer

Votes: 196

25. Kwiecien (1961)

92 min | Drama, War

Set at the end of the war. A hot-headed colonel tries to force his men on to heroics although the war is almost over. A war-weary lieutenant tries to muffle his efforts but he keeps on with... See full summary »

Director: Witold Lesiewicz | Stars: Henryk Bak, Maria Ciesielska, Leszek Herdegen, Jan Kobuszewski

Votes: 26

26. Ludzie z pociagu (1961)

98 min | Drama

During second world war, an ingenious station master of a remote Polish railway station uses all his intelligence to save the lives of passengers.

Director: Kazimierz Kutz | Stars: Janina Traczykówna, Andrzej May, Malgorzata Dziedzic, Danuta Szaflarska

Votes: 54

27. All Soul's Day (1961)

93 min | Drama

A pair of lovers go off to a small hotel in a little town. The memories of war, however, intrude on their idyll. The girl and boy relive certain wartime experiences in flashback. She was a ... See full summary »

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Ewa Krzyzewska, Edmund Fetting, Elzbieta Czyzewska, Beata Tyszkiewicz

Votes: 51

28. Knife in the Water (1962)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Thriller

On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Director: Roman Polanski | Stars: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz, Anna Ciepielewska

Votes: 17,068

29. Jak byc kochana (1963)

97 min | Drama

An actress travels from Warsaw to Paris and during the trip reflects on the last few years of her life. It goes back to the German occupation and her hiding of a fellow actor who has ... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Has | Stars: Barbara Krafftówna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Artur Mlodnicki, Wienczyslaw Glinski

Votes: 374

30. Passenger (1963)

62 min | Drama, War

While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

Directors: Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz | Stars: Aleksandra Slaska, Anna Ciepielewska, Jan Kreczmar, Marek Walczewski

Votes: 1,201

31. Salto (1965)

104 min | Drama

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 »

Director: Tadeusz Konwicki | Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Jerzy Block, Marta Lipinska, Wlodzimierz Borunski

Votes: 499



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