Katyn

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Released 2007

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Director:
Andrzej Wajda
Released:
2007
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Katyn is a 2007 Polish historical war drama written and directed by Andrzej Wajda. Katyn tells the story of Poland's suffering during the Second World War. Particular emphasis is placed on the massacre of 20,000 Polish prisoners of war in 1940 by the Soviet Army. The film shows the horror of war through the eyes of a group women related to Polish prisoners. At the beginning of the war, a group of Polish soldiers is taken prisoner by the advancing Soviet Army. Anna (Maja Ostaszewska) a wife of an officer travels to a POW camp to visit her husband, Andrzej (Artur Zmijewski). Andrzej passes an oppurnity to escape in-order to stay with his men. Anna returns to Cracow just in time for the NAZI removal of the Jews from the city. Andrzej's father is among those deported to the concentration camps. The film alternates between depicting the suffering in the POW camps and the hardship in Cracow.

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  • 90

    Variety

    This plays almost like an academic master class, meticulously exploring the event's ramifications but only catching full fire at the end.

  • 88

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Now Wajda has brought some small measure of rest to their names, to Poland, and to history.

  • 80

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    The result is a film with a stately, deliberate quality that insulates it against sentimentality and makes it all the more devastating.

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