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Wajda’s Katyn Poland’s Oscar candidate (see picture gallery)
thenews.pl ^ | September 23. 2007

Posted on 09/23/2007 11:35:01 AM PDT by lizol

Wajda’s Katyn Poland’s Oscar candidate

Sunday, September 23. 2007

Katyn, the latest film by veteran Polish movie maker Andrzej Wajda, will be Poland’s candidate for ‘Best Foreign Film’ in next year’s Academy Awards. Katyn – which had its premier last week in Warsaw – tells the story of the massacre by over 20,000 Polish officers by the Soviet NKVD in 1940.

Some of Wajda’s family were murdered during the massacre.

Wajda’s latest movie was among 16 Polish films which a special committee had to chose from to send to the Academy in Los Angles for consideration for nomination in the Best Foreign Film category.

In 2000 Wajda was presented with an honorary Oscar for his numerous contributions to cinema.

His epic about the Solidarity strikes, Man of Iron, won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1981. Three of Wajda's works—The Promised Land, The Maids of Wilko, and Man of Iron—have been nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign-language film.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: katyn; movie; oscar; poland; russia; soviet; sovietunion; wajda
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To: dominic flandry
That is a jeep actually.

The actor who's sitting on the jeep plays a role of an officer, who at first had been a POW in a Soviet camp - together with the rest of his colleagues, who got murdered in Katyn.
These are pictures showing him at that time (with a lieutenant insignia on his shoulders)




But later he turned out to be one of the very few officers, who decided to collaborate with the Soviets.
Owing to that he saved his life and became a major.

And here you can see him as a major of pro-Soviet Polish Army in 1944 or 1945 (visiting the wife of his friend, who had fallen in Katyn)






21 posted on 09/23/2007 1:51:50 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: nkycincinnatikid
It has just been released in Poland (on September 21st).

But I’m sure very soon there will be some version with English subtitles.

22 posted on 09/23/2007 1:54:11 PM PDT by lizol (Liberal - a man with his mind open ... at both ends)
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To: Army Air Corps

Looks like my ex, a Pollock, she had blue eyes though.


23 posted on 09/23/2007 2:00:07 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: Little Bill
Looks like my ex, a Pollock, she had blue eyes though.

You married a fish? Maybe that's why it didn't work out. ;)

24 posted on 09/23/2007 2:59:18 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dfwgator
No, I thnk that her family were Lithuanian Tartars, going real deep in Polish history, on her fathers side, You need a set of spurs.

The only problem with Pols/Lits is that they all end up looking like Bapchi.

25 posted on 09/23/2007 3:17:51 PM PDT by Little Bill (Welcome to the Newly Socialist State of New Hampshire)
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To: lizol
Katyn was fouler than genocide. It's in a category all of its own.

As you know, unlike the armies of most countries, the Polish officer corps in World War II was composed of the leading men of Polish society - judges, intellectuals, professors, political leaders and the like. This has always been a tradition of the Poles.

By murdering these men, Stalin and his minions were setting up the remaining Poles for total enslavement, in perpetuity.

Fortunately, the Poles being the Poles, eventually, a Man of Iron would come along, and upset the Soviet applecart in Poland...

26 posted on 09/23/2007 3:41:13 PM PDT by an amused spectator (AGW: If you drag a hundred dollar bill through a research lab, you never know what you'll find)
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To: lizol

Touching, thanks. Will it be available with English subtitles?


27 posted on 09/23/2007 3:47:07 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake but Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: vladimir998

No anachronism - this scene takes place in 1945 and Roosevelt had been sending hundreds of thousands of jeeps to Russia through the Lend-Lease program since 1941...


28 posted on 12/25/2007 12:00:14 PM PST by tompol
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