Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

  • September 26, 2014 — October 7, 2014

This retrospective of modern Polish Cinema features works produced from the 1950s through the 1980s—an era marked by a loosening of political strictures and striking personal expression. The series is curated by Martin Scorsese and organized by his non-profit Film Foundation along with Milestone Films. Each film in the program has been digitally remastered and newly subtitled. Circulation of the program has been made possible with the assistance of the Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory, CRF, Kino RP, Tor, Zebra, and Kadr, with the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland, the Polish Film Institute, and the Polish National Audiovisual Institute. Special thanks to the Polish Library Association, Portland, for their support for our presentation.



Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

Versed in philosophy and physics, renowned writer-director Krzysztof Zanussi injects wit and humor into his acerbic portrait of conformity. In

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The Saragossa Manuscript

Directed by Wojciech Has

In Spain during the Napoleonic Wars, two enemy officers form an uneasy truce at a deserted Saragossa inn as they


To Kill This Love

Directed by Janusz Morgenstern

What was it like to be young at the turn of the 1970s in Communist Poland? While Neil Armstrong lands


Ashes and Diamonds

Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Wajda’s early masterpiece is set on the last day of World War II and the first day of peace—and between


Blind Chance

Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

“A fascinating precursor to Kieślowski’s Three Colors trilogy and a biting condemnation of the complex choices (or lack thereof) of


A Short Film About Killing

Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s epic miniseries The Decalogue—contemporary stories based on the Ten Commandments played out in a Warsaw apartment block—was a


The Constant Factor

Directed by Krzysztof Zanussi

A naïve and sincere young man, Witold, must come to terms with the reality of the world. He dreams of


Night Train

Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz

“A noirish psychological study and a hazily expressionistic tale of solitude, Night Train brings together two lonesome voyagers on an overnight


Man of Iron

Directed by Andrzej Wajda

A masterful story about the limitations of the press, coupled with real footage of the Solidarity movement strikes, Andrzej Wajda’s


The Hourglass Sanatorium

Directed by Wojciech Has

Magic, dreams, a manor in decay. The Hourglass Sanatorium is one of the most original and beautiful films in Polish cinema—a