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The Great Way + Introduction

Dir: Michał Waszyński
Cast: Jadwiga Andrzejewska, Renata Bogdańska, Albin Ossowski, Józef Winawer
Screening 1: 27 Mar, 19:00
POSK (Polish Social & Cultural Association)
action history war
Year of Production: 1946
Country: Poland-Italy

Recently receiving its restoration premier in Poland this is the first post-WW2 Polish feature film. It was produced by the 2nd Polish Army Corps, directed by the prolific Michał Waszyński (The Dybbuk) and shot largely at Cinecittà. A young soldier (Ossowski) is taken to a military hospital where a nurse (Andrzejewska) pretends to be his fiancée, to support his recovery. Secretly reading his journal to understand his story she learns of his experiences up to the Battle of Monte Cassino. Whilst the detail of the plot is fiction it uses documentary images to show the real story of the Polish army led by General Anders, known for their mascot Wojtek the bear.

The screening will be introduced by Michał Pieńkowski, National Film Archive – Audiovisual Institute (FINA).

The film is in Polish with English subtitles.

POSK (Polish Social & Cultural Association)

238-246 King St

London

W6 0RF

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