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Korczak (1990)

Unrated | | Biography, Drama, War | 6 May 1990 (Poland)
Account of the last days of life of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war. Jewish doctor Henryk Goldszmit, ... See full summary »

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Andrzej Wajda
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Henryk Goldszmit vel Janusz Korczak
Ewa Dalkowska ... Stefania 'Stefa' Wilczynska
Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska ... Maryna Rogowska-Falska
Marzena Trybala ... Estera
Piotr Kozlowski ... Heniek
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Ichak Szulc
Jan Peszek ... Max Bauer
Aleksander Bardini ... Adam Czerniaków
Maria Chwalibóg ... Czerniaków's wife
Andrzej Kopiczynski ... Dyrektor w Polskim Radiu
Krystyna Zachwatowicz ... Szloma's mother
Jerzy Zass Jerzy Zass ... German wachman on the bridge
Wojciech Klata ... Szloma
Michal Staszczak Michal Staszczak ... Józek
Agnieszka Krukówna ... Ewka (as Agnieszka Kruk)
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Account of the last days of life of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war. Jewish doctor Henryk Goldszmit, known also as Janusz Korczak, is a man of high principles. He is unafraid of shouting at German officers and frequently has to be persuaded to save his own life. His orphanage, set up in a cramped school in the Warsaw ghetto, provides shelter to 200 homeless kids. Putting his experimental educational methods into practice, he installs a kind of children's self-government, whose justice is in a big contrast to what is happening in the outside world. Right in front of the school, dozens of kids are dying or being killed everyday and their naked bodies lie on the street unattended. Ghetto's mayor assures Korczak that the orphanages will be saved. Korczak raises food and money for the orphanage from the rich Jews. In the final roundup he refuses to accept a Swiss passport and boards the train to Treblinka ... Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Biography | Drama | War

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Polish | German

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6 May 1990 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Korcza See more »

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1.66 : 1
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The play performed by the children in the orphanage is "The Post Office" by Rabindranath Tagore. See more »

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Edited into Screen Two: Korczak (1993) See more »

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Touching and Heartbreaking
25 April 2010 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Warsaw, Doctor Henryk Goldszmit a.k.a. Janusz Korczak (Wojciech Pszoniak) runs an orphanage with a great dedication and love for the orphans. After the invasion of Poland by the German army, his orphanage moves to the Warsaw ghetto with two hundred children. Dr. Korczak asks for food and money from the wealthy Jews and tells that his dignity is the two hundred children he needs to feed. When the ghetto is displaced to Treblinka by train, Dr. Korczak refuses a Swiss passport and embarks in the train with his beloved children.

"Korczak" is a touching and heartbreaking film about a man that dedicated his life to raise a group of Jewish orphans in the invaded Poland. The biography of this man is impressive, and his self-sacrifice to stay with the children in their final journey is amazing. Andrzej Wajda uses black and white to disclose this dark moment of mankind history and his style seems to have inspired Steven Spielberg in his "Schindler's List' three years later. The sad fate of Dr. Korczak and his 200 children is symbolic and very beautiful. This film was released on VHS in Brazil by FJ Lucas Distributor. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "As 200 Crianças do Dr. Korczak" ("The 200 Children of the Dr. Korczak")


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