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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







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Son Of The Slaughtered | Director Andrzej Wajda imagines the circumstances surrounding his father’s death in Katyn.


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