Part I—Classic Films
Warsaw 44, Miasto 44
Wednesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
2014, 130 min. Poland
Director: Jan Komasa
Screenplay: Jan Komasa
Principal Cast: Józef Pawłowski, Zofia Wichłacz, Anna Próchniak, Maurycy Popiel, Antoni Królikowski, Karolina Staniec
Warsaw 44 is set during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the largest single military effort undertaken by any European resistance movement during World War II. The film is a riveting historical spectacle, full of emotion and brilliantly staged combat scenes alike, and absolutely deprived of any pathos.
Eighteen-year old Stefan joins his friends to fight the Germans. The first days of the uprising are joyous, the enemy retreats. But soon the German army enters Warsaw and the uprising is doomed. The movie’s main characters witness sacrifice and heroism, but also cruelty, betrayal and murder. They learn about love and discover what hate feels like.