Katyn (DVD)

Community images

Katyn (DVD)

Celebrated Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda takes the helm for this Oscar-nominated drama detailing the harrowing events surrounding the 1940 massacre o...

> Show product information

Characters / Perform...
Did you enjoy it?
How does it compare ...
How does it compare ...
Soundtrack

User reviews

Filter by
Review type
  • standard reviews (1)
Product rating
  • (1)
Sort by Helpfulness
  • Helpfulness
  • Product rating
  • Date

Good

“Katyn Revisited”

published 29/04/2010

ProInteresting archival footage, good cinematography

ConsPlot all over the place, no character development.

The last two weeks have been a sombre affair here in Warsaw as the people of the city have been mourning the death of their president, Lech Kaczynski, his wife, Maria and 94 other people including high ranking military officers and politicians. Another set back for a nation that never seems to...

> Read review

Did you enjoy it?
Story
Characters / Performances
Special Effects
Soundtrack

Did you find this review helpful? Yes 0

Product Information : Katyn (DVD)

Manufacturer's product description

Celebrated Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda takes the helm for this Oscar-nominated drama detailing the harrowing events surrounding the 1940 massacre of captured Polish army officers in the Katyn Forest. A unique blend of conventional narrative and documentary-style filmmaking, KATYN opens in the spring of 1940, just as the Soviet Secret police execute a group of Polish officers. On September 1, 1939, Germen forces had descended upon Poland, paving the way for the Red Army to occupy east Poland as part of the Hitler-Stalin pact. As the Red Army assumed control of east Poland, all officers in the Polish army were placed in Soviet custody. Determined to remain loyal to the army despite the growing danger, Polish officer Andrzej refuses to flee with his wife, Anna. It isn't long before invading forces begin arresting professors in Cracow, and as the detainees languish in prison camps, their families start to fear that they'll never see their loved ones again. Flash forward to April 1943, and the Germans announce the discovery of mass graves. While Anna is relieved not to hear her husband's name on the list of bodies discovered, countless others are left to grieve their losses with no explanation or consolation. January 18, 1945: Cracow is liberated by the Red Army, and propagandist newsreels from the Soviet Union blame German forces for the massacre at Katyn. It is at that point that the fine line between collaboration and resistance within the People's Republic of Poland becomes exceptionally blurred. As the details surrounding the massacre gradually begin to emerge, Wajda reveals precisely how this horrifying massacre unfolded by flashing back to the spring of 1940 for an extended sequence in which Polish officer internees are transported by railroad to Smolensk and methodically dispatched before being casually buried in a mass grave.

Ciao

Listed on Ciao since: 04/08/2009