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Our own @FlaggTaylor and I talk about Andrzej Wajda’s Katyn, his 2007 film about the terrible Soviet slaughter of the Polish officer corps–some 22,000 men — as well as its aftermath. The protagonist is the wife of one of the officers and we follow her through both the Soviet and the Nazi parts of occupied — and dismembered — Poland. We get to see various characters struggling with questions of honor and prudence as the country is being destroyed. Only memory is left to give reasons for hope for future freedom. Krzysztof Penderecki’s music is also worthy of mention.
P.S. This was Wajda’s fourth and last movie to be nominated for the Oscars.
P.P.S. We’ll follow this up with discussions of the latest Polish films to be nominated — and win — the Oscars, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida and Cold War.Published in