Vlacil Boxshot

Poland, 1957 / 1959 / 1960
Length / Main features: 341 minutes
Length / Special features: 45 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Black & White
Original aspect ratios: 1.33:1 full frame / 1.56:1, 1.66:1 /16.9 anamorphic
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English On/Off
PAL DVD9 x 4
Region 0
RRP: £39.99
buyRelease Date: 12th March 2012
Second Run DVD 064

This Special 4-Disc DVD set of four classic films of Polish cinema
made by four of Poland's greatest filmmakers. These celebrated films have been fully restored from new High-Definition masters and are released for the first time ever in the UK.

This 4-DVD Set comprises:
Night Train (Pociąg/ Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1959)
Employing a classic Hitchcockian premise - two people, one possibly a killer on the run, sharing a compartment on a night train – Kawalerowicz turns a thriller into an intriguing character study of ordinary people in unusual circumstances. Features Lucyna Winnicka and a great jazz score by Andrzej Trzaskowski.
Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni czarodzieja/ Andrzej Wajda, 1960)
Wajda's provocative film, from a script co-written by Jerzy Skolimowski, is a chronicle of contemporary youth; a milieu of motor-scooters, sex and jazz enjoyed by a group of Warsaw twenty-somethings. The film brilliantly captures the post-Stalin thaw that was beginning to make itself felt in late-1950s Poland.
Eroica (Andrzej Munk, 1957)
Munk's 'heroic symphony' presents two sardonic tales of courage and valour which set out to demystify the archetypal image of heroism. Set during WW II, Eroica is a darkly comic and insightful satire; a provocative, powerful, and potent anti-war poem considered amongst the most subversive films of the period.
Goodbye, See You Tomorrow
(Do widzenia, do jutra/ Janusz Morgenstern, 1960)

Morgenstern's touching and visually stunning story of a fleeting love affair. Made in a loose narrative style akin to the French New Wave, the film stars Polish icon Zbigniew Cybulski (known as the 'Polish James Dean') and has a young Roman Polanski in the cast.
A key film from the era, it also features music by the great Polish composer Krzysztof Komeda (Rosemary's Baby).

more about the film

Adelheid Stills

Night Train:
"Kawalerowicz's masterwork... visually magnificent"
Bright Lights Film Journal

"A superbly taut thriller, constantly challenging its audience... the tension is unbearable and well handled at all times" thirtyframesasecond

Innocent Sorcerers:
"Compelling lead performances and the vivid portrait of a newly restless milieu" Time Out

"This is an existentialist film – not a fairy tale – and it's dense with allegorical meaning: a critique of Marxist and Catholic culture of the time. It's also a portrait of sexual politics in Poland at the start of the 60s" Renata Murawska

"A darkly comic, intelligent, and unorthodox chronicle... a clever, engaging, and insightful satire on duty, courage, and heroism" Strictly Film School

"An impetuous, seminal anti-war rumination... Munk's visual savvy and screwball daring are unique" Village Voice

Goodbye, See You Tomorrow:
"Polish cinema's best-kept secret" Michał Oleszczyk

"Drawn with much cool irony... it does succeed in capturing a sense of place and of summer days in a sleepy town (all beautifully caught in Jan Laskowski's photography). It's the details, in fact, that one remembers... one that stays in the mind" Monthly Film Bulletin

Special Features
• Presented from superb new high-definition restorations of the films, supervised and approved by cinematographers Jan Laskowski, Jerzy Wójcik and director Andrzej Wajda.

• Newly filmed, exclusive interview with director Andrzej Wajda.

• About Night Train: an extract from a documentary on Jerzy Kawalerowicz.

• Andrzej Munk's prize-winning short film A Walk in the Old Town of Warsaw (Spacerek staromiejski).

• New and improved English subtitle translations.

• 4 x 16-page booklets featuring a new essays by film critic and author Michał Oleszczyk, author and film scholar Dr César Ballester, and writer and film historian Michael Brooke

Related Titles
Andrzej Munk's acclaimed final film Passenger (Pasazerka) and Jerzy Kawalerowicz's superb Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniołów) are also available on Second Run DVD.

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