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Masterfully crafted by an experienced directorial hand, Katyn is a powerful, personal depiction of wartime tragedy.



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In the spring of 1940, following the invasion of Poland by Russia's Red Army in 1939, up to 20,000 Polish officers and soldiers were executed by Stalin's secret police. The men were imprisoned in three POW camps, one of which was based in the Katy? forest. Working from a novel by Andrzej Mularczyk and real life accounts, "Katy?" tells the story of four fictional families, forever separated from one another in 1939. A brutal and devastating work, it also received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film in 2008.

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[Director] Wajda has brought some small measure of rest to their names, to Poland, and to history.

Jul 23, 2009 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Katyn is remarkably concise and (if one may say this about a cinematic commemoration of mass murder) elegant.

Jul 17, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Wajda's intensity and passion, as well as his intelligence and craft, are unmistakable from the very first sequence. Virtually from the first shot.

Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The principal success of Wajda's stately, widescreen and exquisitely shot film lies in its sober attempt to mirror the fragmented truth of a genocide.

Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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This powerful, heartfelt and important drama from one of the great names in world cinema deserves to be seen.

Jun 19, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Katyn is a sobering experience, at times harrowing. It's also extraordinarily compassionate, even as Wajda vents his rage about what happened and the lies that followed.

Jun 5, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Katyn

Katy? is a brilliant exposition of the evil in the Polish-Russian history, the Katy? Massacre; with impressions of hope, lies, and struggle for identity, honor, and pride. Elegant despite the content. Serious, packing a powerful emotional punch. History made timely, interesting, and relevant.

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Jan Marc Macababayao

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Appreciate it for the historical knowledge it offered (you can blame my knowledge if you're a know-it-all), but the fictionalization and dialogues weren't quite effective.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -George Santayana I have an affinity for true stories, especially those that bring to light an injustice or atrocity. Katyn is a powerful film about the war crimes of the Soviet Union on the people of Poland, specifically the slaughter of Polish officers in the Katyn forest, 1940. Deeply moving. God bless Poland.

Randy Tippy
Randy Tippy

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Worthy if plodding account of WWII atrocity which generates an unsettling sense of foreboding as the 'climax' approaches.

Gordon Anderson
Gordon Anderson

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