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Brzezina (1970)

Takes place in a prewar Poland. A tubercular young man comes to stay with his brother on a farm. He is in love with life and constantly plays 1930's music on a piano. He gets involved with ... See full summary »

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Andrzej Wajda

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Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz (short story), Andrzej Wajda
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Cast overview:
Daniel Olbrychski ... Boleslaw
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ... Stanislaw
Emilia Krakowska ... Malina
Danuta Wodynska Danuta Wodynska ... Katarzyna
Elzbieta Zolek Elzbieta Zolek ... Ola
Marek Perepeczko ... Michal
Mieczyslaw Stoor ... Piano Owner's Brother
Alina Szpak Alina Szpak ... Piano Owner
Jan Domanski Jan Domanski ... Janek
Andrzej Kotkowski ... Man
Jerzy Oblamski ... Jew
Jerzy Próchnicki Jerzy Próchnicki ... Jew
Irena Skwierczynska Irena Skwierczynska ... Malina's Mother
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Takes place in a prewar Poland. A tubercular young man comes to stay with his brother on a farm. He is in love with life and constantly plays 1930's music on a piano. He gets involved with his brother's problems and also becomes the lover of a simpleminded farm girl. The brother's dead wife may have had an affair with the hired man who is to marry the farm girl. His daughter will not confirm his suspicions. But the brother's death leads to his acceptance of the past, forgiving his wife's memory and making up with his little daughter. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

10 November 1970 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Birch Wood See more »

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P.P. Film Polski See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trying to find peace with yourself while dying
23 August 2000 | by Mirel PaladaSee all my reviews

The main character of this movie is Death. Not the impersonated Death, as seen in Bergman's "The Seventh Seal" or in Foss's "All That Jazz", but rather the sorrowful consciousness of human frailty. The main character, a Polish musician (because, as you've already seen, Wajda is Polish) on the threshold of death, tries to find his inner peace in a cottage within the woods. Don't expect action or hype. This is mainly an artsy, European-style movie, whose image and birch forests are strongly reminding of Tarkovsky, especially "Ivan's Childhood". Among all them frantic movies, this movie is a strong, artistic memento mori.


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