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Andrzej Wajda

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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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
88% Afterimage (Powidoki)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2017
No Score Yet The End and the Beginning (O fim e o Principio)
  • Actor
2014
57% Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei (Walesa: Man of Hope)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Popioly (The Ashes)
  • Director
2013
No Score Yet Komeda: A Soundtrack for a Life
  • Actor
2012
No Score Yet Tatarak (Sweet Rush)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2009
94% Katyn
  • Director
2009
85% Primo Levi's Journey
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Samson
  • Director
2004
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
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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
89% Danton
  • Director
1983
No Score Yet Czlowiek z Zelaza (Man of Iron)
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet 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
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
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)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
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 (Canal) (They Loved Life)
  • 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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