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Films in Polish

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) - Rural Poland, on the last days of World War II. The Nazis have surrendered, and the Red Army has criss-crossed the country. With the battle against the Nazis over, a new struggle emerges against the communists. A group of Polish patriots boldy set out to assassinate a mid-level communist-party functionary. Macick is the trigger man, but when he spots a blonde behind the bar, his priorities change. DVD.

Czlowiek z Marmuru (1976) - In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut. She studies his stint as a proletariat hero, how that heroism was created, and what became of him. DVD.

Eroica (1957) - This feature By Andrezej Munk is an example of the Polish myth of romantic heroism. The Warsaw Uprising is looked at through the eyes of a drunken black marketeer. Polish prisoners in a German camp fanatically believe in the heroism of their comrade.

Kanal (1957) - Begins on the 56th day of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis during World War II. A ragtag group of trained and untrained Resistance fighters hold on to the front line. They try to live a relatively normal life, and even find time to play the piano. They achieve small victories, but must retreat into the sewers in order to survive. DVD.

Knife in the Water (1962) - A middle-aged journalist and his wife invite a footloose young hitch-hiker aboard their sail-boat for a Sunday outing in the Polish lake district. Like two peacocks, the men proceed to flaunt their virility before the woman, revealing a cynical sadism on the part of the husband and a growing resentment in the knife-wielding youth. DVD or VHS.

The Promised Land (1974) - Three friends hope to build a factory but their plans are quickly jeopardized by local politics and one of the partner's dangerous love affair. DVD.

To Be or Not To Be (1942) - The world is on the brink of war, but the show must go on. So Joseph Tura, the Polish actor who put the ham in Hamlet, stares beyond the footlights and says, "To be or not to be...."

With Fire and Sword (2003) - The historical background is the 17th century. Poland was the largest, the most democratic, and the most tolerant country in Europe. However, the tragic civil war brought about the gradual decline of the once glorious republic. DVD.

Young Girls of Wilko (1979) - After 15 years away, Wiktor returns to Wilko, where he spent an important part of his life, and realizes he has had an impact on the town and its people. His presence in turn forces the young girls of Wilko to evaluate their lives and failures. DVD.

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