Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda

  • Highest Rated: 100% Kanal (1961)
  • Lowest Rated: 57% Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope) (2013)
  • Birthday: Mar 6, 1926
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • A major figure in the world of post-World War II Eastern European cinema, Polish director Andrzej Wajda chronicled his country's political and social evolution with sensitivity, fervor, and a refusal to make compromises in dealing with his difficult subjects. Once dubbed a symbol for his besieged country, Wajda repeatedly drawn from Poland's history to suit his tragic sensibility, crafting an oeuvre of work that devastates even as it informs.The son of a Polish cavalry officer who was killed early in World War II, Wajda fought in the Resistance movement against the Nazis when he was still a teenager. After the war, he studied to be a painter before entering the Lodz film school. On the heels of his apprenticeship to director Aleksander Ford, Wajda was given the opportunity to direct a film on his own. With A Generation (1955), the first-time director poured out all his bitterness and disillusionment regarding blind patriotism and wartime heroics, using as his alter ego a young, James Dean-style antihero played by Zbigniew Cybulski. The Wajda/Cybulski team went on to make two more films of escalating brilliance, which further developed the antiwar theme of A Generation: Kanal (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958). While perfectly capable of turning out mainstream commercial pictures (often dismissed as "trivial" by his critics), Wajda was more interested in works of allegory and symbolism, with certain symbolic devices (such as setting fire to a glass of liquor, representing the flame of youthful idealism that was extinguished by the war) popping up repeatedly in his films.In 1967, Cybulski was killed in an auto accident, whereupon the director articulated his grief with what is considered his most personal film, Everything for Sale (1969). Wajda's later devotion to Poland's burgeoning Solidarity movement was manifested in Man of Marble (1976) and Man of Iron (1981), with Solidarity leader Lech Walesa appearing as himself in the latter film. The director's involvement in this movement would prompt the Polish government to force Wajda's production company out of business. After several years' exile in France, Wajda returned to his politically liberated homeland in 1989. In the early '90s, he was elected a senator and also appointed artistic director of Warsaw's Teatr Powschensky. He continued to make films, addressing the topic of World War II in 1993's Pierscionek Z Orlem W Koronie and 1996's Wielki Tydzien. In 1997, the director went in a different direction with Panna Nikt, a coming-of-age drama that explored the darker and more spiritual aspects of a relationship between two high-school girls. Three years later, at the 2000 Oscar ceremony, Wajda was presented with an honorary Oscar for his numerous contributions to the cinema; he subsequently donated the award to Krakow's Jagiellonaian University. Despite his age, Wajda continued working, releasing a steady stream of films through the 2000s, including 2007's Katyn. Wajda died in 2016, at age 90.

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85% Afterimage (Powidoki) Director 2017
No Score Yet The End and the Beginning (O fim e o Principio) Actor 2014
No Score Yet Popioly (The Ashes) Director 2013
57% Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope) Director 2013
No Score Yet Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life Actor 2012
No Score Yet Tatarak (Sweet Rush) Screenwriter Director 2009
91% Katyn Director 2009
85% Primo Levi's Journey Actor 2007
No Score Yet Zemsta Screenwriter Director 2002
No Score Yet Broken Silence Director 2002
No Score Yet Revenge Screenwriter Director 2002
No Score Yet Lesson of Polish Cinema (Lekcja polskiego kina) Director Actor 2002
No Score Yet The Revenge (Zemesta) Director 2002
No Score Yet Wyrok na Franciszka Klosa Director 2000
No Score Yet Pan Tadeusz Screenwriter Director 1999
No Score Yet Miss Nobody (Panna Nikt) Director 1996
No Score Yet Nastasja Screenwriter Director 1994
No Score Yet Pierscionek z Orlem w Koronie (The Ring with a Crowned Eagle) Director 1993
No Score Yet Korczak Director 1990
No Score Yet Korczak Director 1990
No Score Yet Everything for Sale Director Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Chronicle of Love Affairs (Kronika wypadkow milosnych) Director 1986
No Score Yet A Love in Germany (Eine Liebe in Deutschland) Director 1983
83% Danton Director 1983
No Score Yet Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron) Director 1981
67% Czlowiek z Marmuru (Man of Marble) Director 1981
No Score Yet Dyrygent Director 1980
No Score Yet Panny z Wilka (Young Girls of Wilko) (The Maids of Wilko) Director 1979
No Score Yet Without Anesthesia Director Screenwriter 1979
No Score Yet Landscape After Battle Director Screenwriter 1978
No Score Yet Umarla klasa (Dead Class) Director 1977
No Score Yet The Shadow Line (Smuga cienia) Director 1976
No Score Yet Ziemia Obiecana (Land of Promise) (The Promised Land) Screenwriter Director 1975
No Score Yet The Wedding (Wesele) Director 1973
No Score Yet Pilate and Others (Pilatus und andere - Ein Film für Karfreitag) Director 1972
No Score Yet The Birch Wood (Brzezina) Director 1970
No Score Yet Polowanie Na Muchy Director 1969
No Score Yet Everything For Sale Director 1968
No Score Yet Love at Twenty Director 1962
No Score Yet Siberian Lady Macbeth (Sibirska Ledi Magbet) Director 1962
No Score Yet Samson Director Screenwriter 1961
100% Kanal Director 1961
No Score Yet Innocent Sorcerers (Niewinni Czarodzieje) Director 1960
No Score Yet Lotna (1959) Director 1959
95% Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) Screenwriter Director 1958
No Score Yet Pokolenie (A Generation) Director 1955
No Score Yet Noc czerwcowa Director


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