Watching Wajda

The former head of the Polish Film Institute gave me a stunning boxed set of the works of Andrzej Wajda two years ago at the Locarno Film Festival, and I am finally watching them. Most know Wajda is a one of Poland’s preeminent film directors, an Acadmey Award winner, recipeint of an Honorary Oscar, the Palme d’Or, as well as Honorary Golden Lion and Golden Bear Awards, he was a prominent member of the “Polish Film School”. He is best known today for The Promised Land (1975), Man of Iron (1981), and Katyn (2007).

What I learned was that he was born March 6, 1926, Suwałki, Poland the ancestral town of my own ancestors on my paternal grandfather’s side.

Wadja’s first film, A Generation, originally entitled Candidate Term, was by the first post-war generation to leave Lodz Film School who worked with Wajda on his first film. One of those graduates,
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