Films

NEON
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Features / Films

NEON

The Neon signs of the communist era were works of art, even though the product was never in stock. Eric Bednarski celebrates the art and the artists.

Chatting with NEON’s Eric Bednarski
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Films / Interviews

Chatting with NEON’s Eric Bednarski

“I’m pro-Neon,” says Eric Bednarski. Take a look and you will be too.

Tragedy as Art: Miasto 44
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Films

Tragedy as Art: Miasto 44

Sometimes art can touch what intellectual debates only circle, but that touch can cause searing pain.

Hollywood.PL: Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / Features / Films

Hollywood.PL: Beyond the Dream: Personal Roads to the Silver Screen

Talented, gutsy and successful – and each one with a story that rates a movie of its own. This is a book you won’t be able to put down.

Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / Books / Films

Pola Negri: Hollywood’s First Femme Fatale

Hollywood has been a talent magnet for a long time and one of the first superstars was Poland’s Pola Negri. Justine Jablonska reviews her story, written by Mariusz Kotowski.

Ida
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 — Winter-Spring / Films

Ida

Paweł Pawlikowski’s starkly beautiful black and white film, Ida, is one of the best of 2013. But reviewer Jodi Greig asks: can aesthetics blind one to the deeper meaning?

Camouflage
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 — Winter-Spring / Films

Camouflage

“Masterpieces of Polish Cinema,” organized and restored by Martin Scorsese’s Film Foundation and curated by the great filmmaker himself, is the largest collection of classical Polish cinema to date.

Don Fredericksen reviews Krzysztof Zanussi’s brilliant film, Camouflage.

Heroes of War
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 — Winter-Spring / Films

Heroes of War

A new documentary series from Sky Vision and the History Channel casts a long overdue spotlight on Poland’s impressive contribution to WWII. It’s entertaining, writes reviewer Daniel Ford, and enough to send a viewer looking for more.

Wałęsa: Man of Hope
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 — Fall / Films

Wałęsa: Man of Hope

Małgorzata Dzieduszycka asks: What is really important in the life of a nation? Andrzej Wajda’s final work in his magisterial triptych helps find the answer.

Róża
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 — Spring / Films

Róża

A grainy lens, drab colours, grim content, and yet, “Róża is one of the prettiest films I’ve seen in some time,” says reviewer Jodi Greig. It’s the award-winning genius of director Wojciech Smarzowski.

Kukuczka
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 — Spring / Films

Kukuczka

Jerzy Kukuczka climbed the Himalayan crown – all 14 of the 8000-meter peaks – discovering new routes and ascents along the way, because as he said: “I like very much taking the undiscovered paths.”

Polish Movie Nite presents Julian Myers: Introduction to Possession
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 — Spring / Films

Polish Movie Nite presents Julian Myers: Introduction to Possession

Polish cinema, viewed and reviewed by Americans, leads them to a better understanding of “the complexities of contemporary Poland.”

Polish Movie Nite presents Marcella Faustini: An Introduction to The Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 — Spring / Films

Polish Movie Nite presents Marcella Faustini: An Introduction to The Theatre of Tadeusz Kantor

Polish cinema, viewed and reviewed by Americans, leads them to a better understanding of “the complexities of contemporary Poland.”

Agnieszka Holland talks to Eva Stachniak at the Toronto International Film Festival
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 — Winter / Films / Interviews

Agnieszka Holland talks to Eva Stachniak at the Toronto International Film Festival

The director of In Darkness speaks about films, music, identity, and the challenge of making a complex story simple, but not simplistic.

Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness – A Promise Fulfilled
2011 Vol. 3 No. 3 — Fall / Films

Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness – A Promise Fulfilled

Agnieszka Holland’s latest film is dedicated to Marek Edleman, the legendary leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and evokes passages of his book: “And there was love, too, in the ghetto…”

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag
2011 Vol. 3 No. 3 — Fall / Films / Interviews

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag

Chicago-based filmmaker Chris Swider discusses his award-winning documentary, and why he chose to focus on the youngest “enemies of the State.”

The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kołodziej
2011 Vol. 3 No. 3 — Fall / Films

The Labyrinth: The Testimony of Marian Kołodziej

Recovery following a near fatal stroke unlocks memories buried for more than 50 years, which Marian Kołodziej renders into pen and ink drawings covering several rooms of his Labyrinth in the town of Harmęże, Poland. Ron Schmidt’s brilliant film allows you to enter that labyrinth, alone and in silence.