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Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Presented with support from the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies.

This series of restored classic Polish films has been organized and curated by Martin Scorsese, one of the most recognized and respected filmmakers in the world, and is the largest presentation of restored Polish cinema to date.

Ashes and Diamonds

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Ashes and Diamonds

Monday, November 3 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Ashes and Diamonds (Popiół i diament) is set on the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, where Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki (Zbigniew Cybulski), who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a...

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The Hourglass Sanatorium

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The Hourglass Sanatorium

Monday, November 10 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Winner of the Jury Prize at the 1973 Cannes Film Festival. Wojciech Jerzy Has’s surrealist The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod Klepsydrą) is a visionary reflection on the nature of time and the irreversibility of death. A young man embarks on a journey to see his dying father and succumbs to a procession of hallucinatory encounters on the grounds of a mystical, dilapidated hospice. The film’s screenplay draws from more than 20 stories...

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Austeria

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Austeria

Monday, November 17 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Austeria is Jerzy Kawalerowicz‘s funny, touching and lightly surreal tribute to Poland’s vanished prewar Jewish past. On the first day of World War I in the Austro-Hungarian province of Galicia, the country inn of the elderly, distinctly unorthodox Jewish proprietor Tag (Franciszek Pieczka) becomes a nexus for assorted townspeople fleeing from the approaching Russian army. Over the course of a day and night, individual narratives...

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Black Cross

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Black Cross

Monday, November 24 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. The first Polish historical blockbuster and the most viewed Polish movie of all times, Black Cross (Krzyżacy)  features battles galore, political maneuvering and tragic love set in medieval times. Based on a novel that was written in the thick of the Germanization program, Black Cross depicts the heroic Polish campaign against the invading Order of the Teutonic Knights. Devoid of anachronisms, Aleksander Ford’s creation was masterfully...

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The Promised Land

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The Promised Land

Monday, December 1 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda adapted his 1975 effort The Promised Land (Ziemia Obiecana) from an 1897 novel by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont. The story concerns three Polish laborers of vastly different social, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds. Unlike many of their recalcitrant contemporaries, the three men are able to overcome their differences and work together. Eventually they create and manage a textile factory, founded upon the edicts of...

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Man of Iron

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Man of Iron

Monday, December 8 at 7 PM. Part of Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. A masterful story about the limitations of the press, coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Andrzej Wajda’s Man of Iron (Człowiek z żelaza) won the Palme d’Or and Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 1981 Cannes Film Festival and was an Oscar Nominee for Best Foreign Film. The film examines the events leading to one of the most crucial historical events of the 20th century. The movie was produced in haste at the...

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