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Movies: Polish Cinema

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Amator = Camera Buff

Amator = Camera Buff

PN1997 .A458 2004 DVD
103 minutes ; released 1979.
A man's interest in film-making develops into a mania that threatens to ruin his career and family.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Austeria

Austeria

PG7158 .S734 A822 2005 DVD
110 minutes ; released 1982.
Early in World War I, a group of Orthodox Jews flee from the Cossack army. A secluded country inn becomes their temporary refuge, where emotional attachments, brief love affairs, and even a renewed faith in humankind inspire them.
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Bez ko'nca = No End

Bez końca = No End

PN1997 .B495 2004 DVD
103 minutes ; released 1985.
A recent widow trying to carry on the political work of her late husband receives mysterious signals which she believes are coming from him.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Bitter Moon

Bitter Moon

PQ2662 .R763 L8622 2003 DVD
139 minutes ; released 1992.
A mild-mannered man attempts to rekindle the sexual fire in his marriage while on a vacation cruise. The only problem is he falls in love with another woman.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English with English subtitles.

Blizna = The Scar

Blizna = The Scar

PN1997 .B559 2004 DVD
102 minutes ; released 1976.
When an earnest Communist official is put in charge of a fertilizer factory in rural Poland, he finds himself at odds with the townspeople he is trying to help.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Blue = Bleu

Blue = Bleu

PN1997 .T66 2003 v.1 DVD
98 minutes ; released 1993.
A young woman loses her husband and her young daughter in a car accident. She decides to withdraw from the world and live in complete solitude in Paris. But other people intrude into her life with their own needs.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
In French with English subtitles.

Celuloza = Cellulose

Celuloza = Cellulose

PG7158 .N45 P322 2007 DVD
120 minutes ; released 1953.
A peasant's son becomes politically radicalized, after moving to the big city to work in a cellulose factory.
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Chinatown

Chinatown

PN1997 .C456 1999 DVD
130 minutes ; released 1974.
Private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California is hired by a beautiful socialite to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English with English subtitles.

Cul-de-Sac

Cul-de-Sac

PN1997 .C8534 2003 DVD
107 minutes ; released 1966.
Study of the breakdown of rational behavior when two gangsters on the run take refuge in an old castle on a desolate Northumbrian island, but find their nemesis in the effeminate owner and his voluptuous wife.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English with English subtitles.

Czlowiek na torze = Man on the Tracks

Człowiek na Torze = Man on the Tracks

PN1997 .C969 2005 DVD
86 minutes ; released 1957.
An engine driver is found slumped across train tracks in the middle of the night. Characters who knew the man investigate his death, each relating their own interpretation. This classic of anti-Stalinism film examines the problems of 1950s Poland.
Directed by Andrzej Munk.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Czlowiek z marmuru = Man of Marble

Człowiek z Marmuru = Man of Marble

PG7158 .S336C9522 2003 DVD
156 minutes ; released 1977.
In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer. She studies his stint as a proletariat hero, how that heroism was created, and what became of him.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Death and the Maiden

Death and the Maiden

PQ8098.14 .O7 M8213 2003 DVD
103 minutes ; released 1994.
A political activist is convinced that her guest is a man who once tortured her for the government.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English, with optional English subtitles.

Dekalog = The Decalogue

Dekalog = The Decalogue

PN1997 .D44 2003 DVD
10 episodes, 55 minutes each ; released 1987.
Krzysztof Kieślowski's series of ten dramas each inspired by one of the Ten Commandments.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Dlug = Debt

Dług = Debt

PN1997.D595 1999 DVD
107 minutes ; released 1999.
Two Polish entrepreneurs become enmeshed in the criminal web of a Russian thug.
Directed by Krzysztof Krauze.
In Polish with English subtitles.

The Double Life of Veronique

The Double Life of Veronique

PN1997 .D685 2006 DVD
97 minutes ; released 1991.
Weronika is a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Vronique, is a French music teacher. Though they are unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, purely emotional bond.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
In Polish and French dialogue with optional English subtitles.

Dzien Swira = Day of Wacko

Dzień Świra = Day of Wacko

PN1997.2 .D954 2002 DVD
105 minutes ; released 2002.
A black comedy that chronicles one day in the life of a 49 year-old teacher who is completely disillusioned with his reality.
Directed by Marek Koterski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Edi

Edi

PN1997.2 .E35 2002 DVD
97 minutes ; released 2002.
Tells the story of two scrap metal pickers, Edi and his friend Jureczek. Edi is falsely accused of raping the sister of a local thug which leads to tragedy and joy as Edi is made to care for her little baby.
Directed by Piotr Trzaskalski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Eroica

Eroica

PN1997 .E686 2005 DVD
80 minutes ; released 1957.
This feature is an example of a farse on the Polish myth of romantic heroism. The Warsaw Uprising is looked at through the eyes of a drunken marketeer.
Directed by Andrzej Munk.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Europa Europa

Europa Europa

D804.3 .P4652 2003 DVD
114 minutes ; released 1990.
True story of a young German Jew who must take on various identities during the war in order to hide his Jewish heritage.
Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
In English with English subtitles.

The Fearless Vampire Killers or Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck

The Fearless Vampire Killers or Pardon Me, but Your Teeth Are in My Neck

PN1997 .F437 2004 DVD
107 minutes ; released 1967.
A spoof of old vampire films finds a young maiden kidnapped by a Jewish vampire and his gay son.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English or French, with English, French or Spanish subtitles.

Giuseppe w Warszawie = Giuseppe in Warsaw

Giuseppe w Warszawie = Giuseppe in Warsaw

PN1997 .G53374 2007 DVD
95 minutes ; released 1964.
In this comedy set in German-occupied Poland during World War II, Maria, a fearless Polish girl, unwillingly brings an Italian soldier and deserter of the Eastern front into her Warsaw apartment.
Directed by Stanisław Lenartowicz.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Jancio Wodnik = Johnny Aquarius

Jańcio Wodnik = Johnny Aquarius

PN1997 .J3646 2006 DVD
100 minutes; released 1993.
An aging peasant discovers that he is suddenly gifted with the power to make it rain, heal the sick, and cause water to flow upwards. He sets off to perform miracles for the local folk, who follow him and hang on his every deed.
Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

The Jeweller's Shop

The Jeweller's Shop

PG7169 .O4 P722 1988 DVD
95 minutes; released 1988.
A movie adaptation of a play by Pope John Paul II about love and family.
Directed by Michael Anderson.
In English with English subtitles.

Kanal

Kanal

PG7178 .T3 K32 2003 DVD
96 minutes; released 1957.
Second film in Andrzej Wajda's trilogy of war films A Generation, Ashes and Diamonds.
"Kanał" begins on the 56th day of the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis. Movie depicts the dignity of ordinary people in the face of unspeakable horror. Black and white.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with optional English subtitles.

Katyn

Katyn = Katyn

PN1997.2 .K38 2009 DVD
121 minutes; released 2007.
Dramatization of the massacre of 20,000 people (interned Polish officers as well as civilians accused of treason by the occupying Soviet forces) by the Soviet secret police at Katyn in the spring of 1940, and the cover-up that followed.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Komornik = Debt Collector

Komornik = Debt Collector

PN1997.2 .K666 2005 DVD
93 minutes; released 2005.
A hard-nosed debt collector, Lucek, mercilessly repossesses anything from defibrillator machines from hospitals to a statue of the Virgin Mary, without remorse. But things invariably start to unravel for Lucek, and an "epiphany" turns him into a human being, despite everyone's doubts.
Directed by Feliks Falk.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Krajobraz Po Bitwie = Landscape After Battle

Krajobraz po Bitwie = Landscape After Battle

PG7158 .B613A622 2000 DVD
101 minutes; released 1970.
A love story between two Poles at the end of World War II portraying the destructive effects of war on the human spirit.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Krtki film o milosci = A Short Film About Love

Krtki Film o Milosci = A Short Film About Love

PN1997 .K768 2004 DVD
83 minutes; released 1988.
A young man's voyeuristic pursuit of an older neighbour leads to full-blown obsession. When at last he confronts her with his feelings, he sets into motion a psychological entanglement from which neither emerges the same.
Directed by Krysztof Kieslowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Krtki film o zabijaniu = A Short Film About Killing

Krtki Film o Zabijaniu = A Short Film About Killing

PN1997 .K7683 2004 DVD
81 minutes; released 1988.
Three strangers--a drifter, a cabbie, and a young lawyer--are brought together through a shocking act of violence.
Directed by Krysztof Kieslowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Krzyzacy = Knights of Teutonic Order

Krzyzacy = Knights of Teutonic Order

PG7158 .S4K722 2000 DVD
166 minutes; released 1960.
A portrayal of medieval life and customs featuring the battle of Grunwald (1410). A strong portrayl of the fight for independance in medieval Poland and the greatest battle of medieval Europe.
Directed by Aleksander Ford.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Lotna

Lotna

PG7158 .Z78 L622 2006 DVD
89 minutes; released 1959.
A fictionalized homage to the service of the Polish cavalry in World War II. The cavalry is symbolized by Lotna, a white horse first appearing under a barrage of shellfire, and ultimately ridden into battle against the invading tanks of Nazi Germany.
Derected by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Laweczka = The Bench

Laweczka = The Bench

PG3481 .E643S5322 2005 DVD
86 minutes; released 2004.
Based on the play by Aleksander Gelman, the movie shows the inner fights between the need for love and the worry about the responsibilities it brings, between the need for closeness and the lack of understanding, the fight between the want to settle and the of being loved and adored.
Derected by Maciej Zak.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Macbeth

Macbeth

PR28223 .A23 2002 DVD
140 minutes; released 1971.
Version of William Shakespeare's play about a man who kills the king of Scotland and usurps the throne.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English with English subtitles.

Matka Joanna od Aniolow = Mother Joan of the Angels

Matka Joanna od Aniolw = Mother Joan of the Angels

PN1997 .M39435 2006 DVD
108 minutes; released 1960.
This allegory of good vs. evil, chastity vs. passion, is based on actual events which occurred at a convent in Loudun, France. In the movie the Mother Superior of a seventeenth century Polish convent comes to desire the priest investigating demonic possession among the nuns.
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Maximilian, Saint of Auschwitz

Maximilian, Saint of Auschwitz

BX4700 .K55 M33 1995 VHS
76 minutes; released 1995.
Leonardo Defilippis' one-man dramatization of the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Polish priest who was martyred by the Nazis.
In English.

Mis = Teddy Bear

Mis = Teddy Bear

PN1997 .M578 2004z DVD
111 minutes; released 2004.
A man who is president of a sports club is about to go abroad with his team. During passports control it turns out that there is a problem with his passport. After a number of hilarious adventures, he finally gets on the plane only to spot his former wife.
Directed by Stanislaw Bareja.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Nienasycenie = Insatiability

Nienasycenie = Insatiability

PG7158 .W5 N522 2006 DVD
128 minutes; released 2003.
This film adapts Stainslaw Igncay Witkiewicz's novel about the collapse of Western civilization as seen thought the eyes of confused 18-year-old boy.
Directed by Wiktor Grodecki.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Niewinni Czarodzieje = Innocent sorcerers

Niewinni Czarodzieje = Innocent sorcerers

PN1997 .N549 2006b DVD
PN1997 .N549 2006 DVD (Polish only)
83 minutes; released 1960.
A successful young doctor endlessly sought after by women is attracted to a woman who seems to have disappeared after their evening of conversation.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

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The Ninth Gate

PQ6666 .E765 C422 2007 DVD
133 minutes; released 2000.
Dean Corso is an unscrupulous rare-book dealer who is hired to locate the last remaining copies of a demonic manuscript that can summon the devil.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English with English subtitles.

Nz w Wodzie = Knife in the Water

Nz w Wodzie = Knife in the Water

PN1997 .N69 2003 DVD
94 minutes; released 1962.
A young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In Polish with optional English subtitles.

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

PR4567 .A323 2005 DVD
130 minutes; released 2005.
Director Roman Polanski offers a slightly darker version of the classic Charles Dickens tale.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English or French, with English or French subtitles.

Olivier Olivier

Olivier Olivier

PN1997 .O43 1994 VHS
109 minutes; released 1993.
A young boy disappears, and then is found six years later.
Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
In French, with English subtitles.

Out of the Ashes

Out of the Ashes

D805 .P7 P362 2004 DVD
113 minutes; released 2003.
A Jewish Hungarian doctor is accused of collaborating with the Nazis at Auschwitz.
Directed by Joseph Sargent.
In English.

Pan Tadeusz

Pan Tadeusz

PG7158 .M5P322 1999 DVD
150 minutes; released 1999.
A grand and patriotic tale of Poland's struggle for freedom just before Napoleon's war with Russia. The story follows two feuding Polish families as they overcome their old conflicts and petty lives.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Panny Z Wilka = Young Girls of Wilko

Panny z Wilka = Young Girls of Wilko

PG7158 .I8P2722 2000 DVD
111 minutes; released 1979.
After 15 years away, Wiktor returns to Wilko, where he spent an important part of his life, and realizes he has had an impact on the town and its people. His presence in turn forces the young girls of Wilko to evaluate their lives and failures.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with optional English subtitles.

The Pianist

Pianista = The Pianist

DS135 .P63 S94722 2003 DVD
148 minutes; released 2002.
Based on the true story of the talented pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman, a Polish Jew, who avoided being deported to a Nazi death camp during World War II by hiding in the ruins of Warsaw.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English or French, with optional French subtitles.

Pod Gwiazda Frygijska = Under the Phrygian Star

Pod Gwiazda Frygijska = Under the Phrygian Star

PG7158 .N45 P6422 2008 DVD
111 minutes; released 1954.
In the follow-up to the acclaimed Cellulose, a mature Szczesny falls in love for the first time against the backdrop of tension between the Polish government and the labor movement. This is a depiction of a true working-class hero.
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Pociag = Train

Pociag = Train

PN1997 .P633 2005 DVD
93 minutes; released 1959.
Jerzy, a man running from the authorities, and Marta, who's trying to escape her spurned lover, end up in the same sleeper berth on an overnight train.
Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz.
In Polish.

Pogoda na Jutro = Forecast for Tomorrow

Pogoda na Jutro = Forecast for Tomorrow

96 minutes; released 2003.
When he walks out onto the streets, a man does not recognize the world which he thought he knew. How can he find himself in the new reality? How can he distinguish the truth from the reality show?
Directed by Jerzy Stuhr.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Pokolenie = A Generation

Pokolenie = A Generation

PG 7158 .C84 P642 2000 VHS
85 minutes; released 1955.
First film in Andrzej Wajda's trilogy of war films (Kanal, Ashes and Diamonds). A group of young Poles help escapees during the Warsaw ghetto uprising.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Popil i diament = Ashes and Diamonds

Popil i Diament = Ashes and Diamonds

PG7158 .A7 P62 2003 DVD
105 minutes; released 1958.
A young Polish nationalist assassin attempts to deal with post-war life.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Pornografia

Pornografia

PG7158 .G669P6722 2003 DVD
152 minutes; released 2003.
Set in 1943 in occupied Poland; two older men visiting a country estate become obsessed with the lives of their host's daughter and the son of the local bailiff. As they try to ignite a love affair between the two young people their personalities become submerged and they eventually become the victims of their own manipulations.
Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Prawo Ojca = Father's Law

Prawo Ojca = Father's Law

PN1997 .P739 1999 DVD
98 minutes; released 2000.
It's Martha's 16th birthday; against her father's direct orders, Martha and her young boyfriend celebrate the evening. But she's in for more trouble than she ever imagined possible. The only person who can save her now is her father, who must take drastic actions that he may live to regret.
Directed by Marek Kondrat.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Przypadek = Blind Chance

Przypadek = Blind Chance

PN1997 .P799 2004 DVD
114 minutes; released 1981.
This film imagines three possible futures for a young medical student, which hinge on his catching or missing a train.
Directed by Krysztof Kieslowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Psy = Pigs

Psy = Pigs

PN1997 .P789 2005 DVD
110 minutes; released 1992.
A Polish KGB agent struggles as his life is changed during Poland's transition from communism.
Directed by Wladyslaw Pasikowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Quo Vadis

Quo Vadis

PG7158 .S4 Q822 2008 DVD
174 minutes; released 1951.
Returning to Rome after 3 years in the field, General Marcus Vinicius meets and falls in love with the devout Christian, Lygia. She doesn't want to have anything to do with the warrior.
Directed by Mervyn LeRoy.
In English or dubbed French dialogue, English, French, Japanese or Spanish subtitles.

Red = Rouge

Red = Rouge

PN 1997 .T66 2003 v.3 DVD
99 minutes; released 1994.
The story of the relationships between a young model, a retired judge, and other people in their lives. The third part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy, Trois Couleurs.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski.
In French with English subtitles.

Repulsion

Repulsion

PN1997 .R468 2003 DVD
105 minutes; released 1965.
Carol, who works in a beauty salon in London, is both repulsed and fascinated by men...
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English with English subtitles.

Rekopis Znaleziony w Saragossie = The Saragossa Manuscript

Rekopis Znaleziony w Saragossie = The Saragossa Manuscript

PQ2019 .P87 M322 2007 DVD
182 minutes; released 1965.
Army officer finds a magical manuscript in Spain during the Napoleonic Wars. He begins to live out the intricate story lines of the book and embarks on a journey across time and space.
Directed by Wojciech Has.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Rosemary's Baby

Rosemary's Baby

PS3523 .E87 R622 2006 DVD
136 minutes; released 1968.
After unwittingly becoming friendly with a coven of witches and warlocks, a young wife is impregnated by the Devil.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English or French, with English subtitles.

Salto

Salto

PN1997 .S2576 2009 DVD
196 minutes; released 1993.
A man hops off a train by the small town.When he begins claiming that he has been there before, the villagers are confused as none of them recognize him. Still one family takes him in; they try to get him to tell about his clouded past, but all he will tell them is that he changed his name from Kowalski to Malinowski to throw off those who would kill him.
Directed by Tadeusz Konwicki.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Schindler's List

Schindler's List

PR9619.3 .K46 S32 2004 DVD
196 minutes; released 1993.
Set in Krakow (Poland), this is the true story of Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, womanizer, and war profiteer, who saved the lives of more than 1,100 Jews during World War II.
Directed by Steven Spielberg.
In English, French or Spanish, with English, French or Spanish subtitles.

Seksmisja = Sex Mission

Seksmisja = Sex Mission

PN1997 .S457 2000z DVD
116 minutes; released 1984.
Two men, voluntarily hibernated in 1991, are awakened 53 years later to learn that males don't exist anymore. A nuclear war destroyed everything, including men. Women are ruling from the underground. Facing harsh treatment from their female guards, these two men are determined to save themselves and reestablish the male population.
Directed by Juliusz Machulski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Sophie's Choice

Sophie's Choice

PS3569 .T9 S672 1998 DVD
150 minutes; released 1982.
A Polish-Catholic woman who has survived a Nazi concentration camp falls in love with a Jew in 1947 Brooklyn. Audio-track in English, with optional Spanish subtitles. Based on the novel by William Styron. Starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline and Peter MacNicol. Directed by Alan J. Pakula.

Stacja = The Station

Stacja = The Station

PN1997.2 .S733 2001 DVD
100 minutes; released 2001.
At a small remote gas station in the middle of a winter snowstorm, a badly injured gangster shows up with a bag full of money.
Directed by Piotr Weresniak.
In Polish with optional English subtitles.

Szabla od Komendanta = Legacy of Steel

Szabla od Komendanta = Legacy of Steel

PN1997 .S933 2002 DVD
101 minutes; released 1995.
Story of a famed military officer nearing the end of his own life. Before he can rest in peace, he must fulfill the traditional obligation of passing his sword on to his grandson. The problem is, his son is unmarried...
Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski.
In Polish with optional English subtitles.

Tango

Tango

PG7158 .M687 T322 2007 DVD
107 minutes; released 1999.
Arthur is a son who knows best and wants to bring order to his free-spirited family of bohemians. His miscalculations result in the rise of the barbarians and the destruction of the world as he knows it. Slawomir Mrozek's most popular work, Tango defies categorization, combining elements of farce, absurdist theatre, slapstick comedy and political discourse.
Directed by Maciej Englert.
In Polish, no subtitles.

Tato = Daddy

Tato = Daddy

PN1997 .T386 2002 DVD
125 minutes; released 1995.
When his marriage falls apart, a father decides to kidnap his daughter rather than let the court award custody to his mentally ill wife.
Directed by Maciej Slesicki.
In Polish with optional English subtitles.

Tess

Tess

PR4748 .A3 2004 DVD
172 minutes; released 1979.
A beautiful farm girl finds work with the rich d'Urberville family. One of her employers rapes her, however. She becomes pregnant, the child dies, and soon afterwards she falls in love with a parson's son who abandons her when he learns she isn't a virgin.
Directed by Roman Polanski.
In English with English subtitles.

The Third Miracle

The Third Miracle

PN1997 .T464 2000 DVD
118 minutes; released 1999.
A priest who has lost his faith must investigate the possible sanctity of a dead woman.
Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
In English with English subtitles.

To Kill A Priest

To Kill a Priest

PN1997 .T5917 1990 VHS
117 minutes; released 1989.
A feature-length movie based on the life of Father Jerzy Popielusko, the Polish priest who was murdered by the Communist authorities on account of his support of the Solidarity union.
Directed by Agnieszka Holland.
In English with English subtitles.

Wesele = The Wedding

Wesele = The Wedding

PN1997.2 .W474 2004 DVD
117 minutes; released 2004.
A wealthy man from a small town throws a big wedding party for his daughter. While it evolves, among the guests the bride recongnizes her ex-boyfriend with whom she is still in love, and who is a cameraman at the wedding.
Directed by Wojtek Smarzowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

White = Blanc

White = Blanc

PN1997 .T66 2003 v.2 DVD
92 minutes; released 1994.
A Polish man marries a French woman and moves to Paris. The marriage breaks down and the man is left a beggar. He eventually moves back to Poland. The second part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy, Trois Couleurs.
Directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski.
In French and Polish with English subtitles.

Wojna Polsko-Ruska

Wojna Polsko-Ruska

PG7213 .A84 W6522 2009 DVD
110 minutes; released 1994.
Based on the novel by Dorota Maslowska "Wojna polsko-ruska pod flaga bialo-czerwona".
Directed by Xawery Zulawski.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Wiedzmin

Wiedzmin

PG7178 .A58 W522 2002 VHS
130 minutes; released 2001.
A sterile mutant with supernatural abilities becomes a professional killer. Based on the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski.
Directed by Marek Brodzki.
In Polish.

Wszystko Na Sprzedaz = Everything For Sale

Wszystko na Sprzedaz = Everything For Sale

PN 1997 .W799 2000 DVD
94 minutes; released 1968.
Inspired by the death of Polish actor Zbigniew Cybulski, this film focuses on the behind-the-scenes lives of a director and his actors when they are disrupted by the mysterious murder of their leading man.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Zemsta

Zemsta

PG7158 .F7Z422 2002 DVD
100 minutes; released 2002.
The hilarious tale of two 17th century families divided by love, greed and a crumbling stone wall through the middle of their castle. Based on Aleksander Fredro's epic poem.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Zezowate Szczescie = Bad Luck

Zezowate Szczescie = Bad Luck

PN1997 .Z496 2005 DVD
108 minutes; released 1960.
A middle-aged man desperately wants to remain in prison, though the state says it is time for him to go. As he tells his life story of hard luck and misfortune, covering the years from 1930 to 1950, it is clear that he has been so busy trying to please others that he never noticed the enormous changes happening around him.
Directed by Andrzej Munk.
In Polish with English subtitles.

Ziemia Obiecana = The Promised Land

Ziemia Obiecana = The Promised Land

PG7158 .R4Z4522 2000 DVD
138 minutes; released 1974.
Interpretation of a classic epic depicting the changes in values ushered in by the industrial revolution. Three friends build a factory in Lodz but are sidetracked by local politics and a dangerous love affair.
Directed by Andrzej Wajda.
In Polish with English, French, German, Spanish, Russian or Italian subtitles.

Zmruz Oczy = Squint Your Eyes

Zmruz Oczy = Squint Your Eyes

PN1997.2 .Z678 2003 DVD
92 minutes; released 2003.
Former teacher Jasiek, now caretaker of a farm in the Polish countryside, finds his quiet life disrupted when a former student runs away from home and come to hide out on the farm. When the girl's pretentious parents follow, Jasiek tries to do the right thing for everyone.
Directed by Andrzej Jakimowski.
In Polish with English subtitles.