Kino Mania: Powstanie Warszawskie (Warsaw Uprising) 2014

This is a big year for Polish directing sensation Jan Komasa, who has mobilised on multiple fronts. Komasa became so absorbed with the idea of bringing the story of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising to the big screen that he created both a feature film and a non-fiction drama.

In anticipation of the release of Miasto 44 (City 44), a relatively high-budget movie about a love triangle during the days of the revolt, he also completed Warsaw Uprising, a feature film created entirely from original newsreel shot by partisan fighters.

Komasa created a story line about two brothers hired by the AK (Home Army) to film the uprising. We hear them as off-screen voices while watching re-edited and stunningly colourised footage of the people who were actually there in 1944.

As with the award-winning documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, the viewer is placed in the position of potentially witnessing the death of the, in this case fictional, filmmaker, but there is no question that many of the real people looking directly into the camera did not survive the 63-day battle.

A lot of the footage is of the preparation for the rising. Seeing the smiles of the insurgents as they build barricades and weapons and joke around lays bare uncharted emotional paths that could never be explored in a feature film. Polish cinema has finally produced its own Germany, Year Zero.

Directed by: Jan Komasa

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12 thoughts on “Kino Mania: Powstanie Warszawskie (Warsaw Uprising) 2014

  • June 13, 2014 at 1:33 pm

    This is a must-see. And if the BBC and others could be persuaded to buy it, it would do a lot to restore the damage done to the image of the AK by the ZDF serial ‘Generation War’.

    • August 8, 2014 at 4:57 am

      Dont be naive. The only way that “Generation War” does not repeat itself is if EVERY SINGLE F*CKER connected with that movie can’t find a job (outside of Mel Gibson’s studios perhaps)

      but to get that done would require having some b*llz & take some time…

      so, no, let’s just sit here and talk about it…

  • June 13, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Will there be a version with English subtitles.

  • June 14, 2014 at 9:34 am

    J – how many times? well enough till it’s done. go ask people from states wether they are fed up with their wwII stories, I bet there’d be no one complaining polish style. don’t like it? don’t watch it, period. let people evaluate the need for the cinema of this kind

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