Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Andrzej Wajda, RIP -- October 11, 2016


I was sad to learn of the passing of Polish director Andrzej Wajda.  I think the first Polish movie that I ever saw was Man of Bronze at the Royal on Polk Street.  I was shocked that Wajda was allowed to shoot the film, release it, and send it to the west.  It was a strong criticism of Stalinist methods of encouraging productivity.


A few years later, the Royal showed Man of Iron.  I was even more shocked.  I had been reading about martial law and the suppression of Solidarity.  This movie even gave a role to Lech Wałęsa. It showed the growth of Solidarity and the unrest at the shipyard in Gdansk. I understood when I learned that Wajda had been exiled.  I was happy he didn't get shot. 


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