DVD - 2009 | Polish
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Dramatization of the massacre of 20,000 people (interned Polish officers as well as civilians accused of treason by the occupying Soviet forces) by the Soviet secret police at Katyń in the spring of 1940, and the cover-up that followed. Follows the fictional stories of four families, separated from one another in the confusion of September 1939, when the Soviets and Germans invaded Poland, through the Soviet occupation in 1945 when the truth of the massacre gets suppressed
Publisher: Port Washington, N.Y. : Koch Lorber Films ; distributed by E1 Entertainment, 2009
Edition: Widescreen ed
ISBN: 9781417201945
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Other Standard Identifier: 741952317890


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Oct 16, 2018

Reducing such a horrific crime against humanity to the story of one family, director Andrzej Wajda (whose own father was a victim) concentrates on the aftermath, both political and social, following the gruesome discovery of a mass grave in Russia's Katyn forest. Using newsreel footage to underscore the story, Wajda explores how Soviet propaganda (they blamed Nazi forces for the massacre and got rid of anyone who called them out on the lie) further divided an already fractured country between those willing to turn a blind eye to what happened in order to concentrate on the “new” Poland and those who could never let it go—a schism personified by one Polish officer who, despite having seen what happened in the forest, still wears his new Peoples’ Army of Poland uniform albeit with deep ambivalence. Wajda saves the film’s gut punch for the final reel however when his camera meticulously recreates the horror of Katyn as one terrified man after another is trussed up and led to the grave, their whispered prayers going unheeded. Poland’s Oscar entry for 2007.

Mar 28, 2016

Not knowing anything of this period, I did get a bit lost at times but I thought the filmwork, acting and tragic story were done very well and I am glad I spent the time to indulge in this one.

Jun 10, 2015

sometimes a little confusing. who were all these women?

Mar 19, 2015

A very good movie, but not recommended for late-night viewing if you care about getting some sleep. Parts of this are just horrific.

a5a22406 Oct 04, 2014

This was a first class film and allows the viewer to get a little bit closer to the terrible times the Polish people had to endure during, first, the German occupation and then the Russian.

Aug 27, 2014

This is an excellent movie. Hard to follow at times, lots of jumping around and trying to figure who is who and their importance. Well worth the watch.

JAMESG Feb 06, 2014

Excellent true story about the horrendous mass murders committed under Stalins orders.

The movie showed actual footage of the mass graves!

Aug 14, 2013

This is a 2007 Polish war-drama about the 1940 Katyn massacre directed by Andrzej Wajda, based on the book "Post Mortem: The Story of Katyn" by Andrzej Mularczyk.
During the German occupation of Poland, the Germans used the massacre for propaganda purposes against the Soviets.
After the war, however, when Poland fell under Soviet influence, the truth about the event was suppressed by the Soviet authorities, who insisted that the massacre was committed by the Germans.
With the fall of communism in Poland in 1989, the first non-communist Polish government immediately acknowledged that the crime was committed by the Soviets.
In 1990, Mikhail Gorbachev acknowledged Soviet responsibility for the Katyn massacre for the first time.
In 1991, Boris Yeltsin made public the documents which had authorised the massacre.
The scenes of the massacre close to the end of the film are really heart-wrenching and unbelievable.
Included in this DVD is a 49-minute interview with Director Andrzej Wajda whose father was actually killed in the Katyn massacre.
Also included is a 27-minute documentary about the making of this film, containing the interviews with the main actors.
This documentary is equally fascinating and informative.

May 09, 2013

Film przedstawia zbrodnię katyńską z dwóch perspektyw: kobiet, oczekujących na powrót swoich mężów, synów i ojców oraz z perspektywy samych internowanych oficerów, którzy nie tracąc nadziei, do końca wierzą w uwolnienia i szczęśliwy powrót do domu.

Maja_0001 Apr 09, 2012

Powerful !!!
p.s. finally this tragedy can be acknowledged

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