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Swiadectwo urodzenia (1961)

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.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Henryk Hryniewicz Henryk Hryniewicz ... Janek (segment "Na drodze")
Beata Barszczewska Beata Barszczewska ... Mirka (segment "Kropla krwi")
Andrzej Banaszewski Andrzej Banaszewski ... Heniek (segment "List z obozu")
Edward Mincer Edward Mincer ... Zbyszek (segment "List z obozu")
Wojciech Siemion ... Józef (segment "Na drodze")
Pawel Rózewicz Pawel Rózewicz ... Jacek (segment "List z obozu")
Wanda Luczycka ... Cieslikowa (segment "Kropla krwi")
Malgorzata Lesniewska Malgorzata Lesniewska ... Nurse (segment "Kropla krwi")
Emil Karewicz ... German Doctor (segment "Kropla krwi")
Zygmunt Zintel ... Interpreter (segment "Kropla krwi")
Stanislaw Milski ... Neighbour Ciziak (segment "List z obozu")
Zofia Malynicz Zofia Malynicz ... Refuge Manager (segment "Kropla krwi")
Barbara Rachwalska ... Woman from the Forester (segment "Na drodze")
Jadwiga Kuryluk ... Ludka (segment "List z obozu")
Józef Zbiróg Józef Zbiróg ... Banschutz (segment "List z obozu")
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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.

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A multi-perspective experience of war
18 May 2020 | by DarkProfileSee all my reviews

I think the beauty of the film is that each story annotates the reality from a different experiential perspective.

Let me try to explain myself with the analogy of a football game (in no way I intend to equate war with football, just that I can't think of a better way to explain myself): 1) The first perspective is of a tourist who is at loss in comprehending the hooliganism reigning a city, without realizing that it is because of a high-stake football game between two close rivals. 2) The second perspective is of a spectator in the stadium who is experiencing emotional dissonance on seeing his side lose in the game. 3) And the final perspective is of a player of the losing side, maybe a substitute who is called in during the last ten minutes of the game.

Each perspective is more immediate than the previous one (secondary observer, primary observer and participant) and gradually takes us into the thick of the action. All perspectives combine to present a multi-dimensional view of a collapse. Brilliant.


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Polish

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2 October 1961 (Poland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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P.P. Film Polski See more »
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