Andrzej Wajda Films The Unimaginable

In Katyn, the great chronicler of Polish history provides an account of a secret massacre
Published September 10, 2009  by Clara Loginov in Screen Feature


Directed by Andrzej Wajda. Starring Artur Zmijewski, Maja Ostaszewska, Jan Englert. Metro Cinema (Zeidler Hall, The Citadel). Fri-Sun, Sept 11-13.

In the opening shot of Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn, the year is 1939, and a group of Polish civilians fleeing German forces come across countrymen running in the opposite direction — this group is fleeing from the Soviets. It’s a situation that can only be called absurd; Vladimir Nabokov describes a similar situation in his own life as a “dull, beastly farce,” and the phrase is wholly applicable here. The scene could almost be funny, if it weren’t tragic.

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