Shortly after World War II an American soldier (Norman) and a Polish refugee (Emilia) fall in deep love. Eventually he will return to the U.S. and both expect that she will soon follow him.... See full summary »
During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.
Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark.
A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the ... See full summary »
Dramatization of the first battle of World War II. The first target of German troops in the invasion of Poland is a small garrison at Westerplatte. Outnumbered and out-gunned, the Poles mount a fierce defense against an overwhelming enemy.
In her essay 'AIDS and Its Metaphors' (1989), the writer Susan Sontag describes this movie as "the most realistic narration she knows on the anger caused by the unwillingness to face death". See more »
The Spiral, a 1978 Polish film has nothing particularly wrong with it; the acting is decent, the writing didn't make me wince, which places it above 70% of old films and 90% of new ones. I tend to avoid 60's and 70's films because they are often dominated by sex or gore, this one wasn't. It's a slow-burner about one man's descent into hopelessness and suicide. It will no doubt frustrate Hollywood action fan types (unless they've run out of Ambien).
It's hard to pinpoint what's wrong with it, it's like a Bergman film without the genius. A Fassbinder film without the daring dialogue. I felt the makers were holding something back, something important.
At the beginning, I kind of wanted to step in an talk to the main character (and occasionally to smack him) which says something about how provocative it was. But my interest in him lapsed as the film progressed, and just as well. since no answers or explanations ever eventuated.
In the right mood, it could be relaxing, in the wrong, dead boring.
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