Tuesday, October 16, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Poland (75 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.


1935 People of the Vistula (Aleksander Ford)
1936 The Dybbuk (Michal Waszynski)
1948 The Last Stage (Wanda Jakubowska)
1949 Border Street (Aleksander Ford)
1954 A Generation* (Andrzej Wajda)
1954 Five from Barska Street (Aleksander Ford)
1956 Man on the Track (Andrzej Munk)
1957 Kanal (Andrzej Wajda)
1958 Ashes and Diamonds* (Andrzej Wajda)
1958 Eroica* (Andrzej Munk)
1958 Farewells (Wojciech Has)
1958 Two Men and a Wardrobe* (Roman Polanski)
1960 Knights of the Teutonic Order* (Aleksander Ford)
1961 Mother Joan of the Angels (Jerzy Kawalerowicz)
1962 Knife in the Water* (Roman Polanski)
1963 Passenger* (Andrzej Munk, Witold Lesiewicz)
1964 The Saragossa Manuscript* (Wojciech Has)
1965 Walkover (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1966 Barrier (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1966 Pharaoh (Jerzy Kawalerowicz)
1966 The Death of a Provincial (Zanussi)
1968 Everything for Sale (Andrzej Wajda)
1969 The Structure of Crystals (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1971 Behind the Wall (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1971 Deep End* (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1971 Family Life (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1972 King, Queen, Knave (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1973 Illumination* (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1973 The Hour-Glass Sanatorium (Wojciech Has)
1974 The Deluge (Jerzy Hoffman)
1975 Nights and Days (Jerzy Antczak)
1975 Promised Land (Andrzej Wajda)
1976 The Scar* (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1977 Camouflage* (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1977 Man of Marble* (Andrzej Wajda)
1978 Rough Treatment* (Andrzej Wajda)
1979 Camera Buff* (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1979 Provincial Actors (Agnieszka Holland)
1979 The Maids of Wilko (Andrzej Wajda)
1980 The Constant Factor (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1980 The Contract* (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1981 A Woman Alone* (Agnieszka Holland)
1981 Fever (Agnieszka Holland)
1981 Man of Iron* (Andrzej Wajda)
1981 Possession (Andrzej Zulawski)
1981 Shivers (Wojciech Marczewski)
1982 Issa Valley (Tadeusz Konwicki)
1982 Mother of Kings (Janusz Zaorski)
1983 Austeria (Jerzy Kawalerowicz)
1983 Danton* (Andrzej Wajda)
1983 Weather Forecast (Antoni Krauze)
1984 A Love in Germany* (Andrzej Wajda)
1984 No End (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1984 Success Is the Best Revenge (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1984 The Year of the Quiet Sun* (Krzysztof Zanussi)
1985 The Lightship* (Jerzy Skolimowski)
1986 Axiliad (Witold Leszczynski)
1987 Blind Chance (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1988 A Short Film about Killing* (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1988 A Short Film about Love* (Krzysztof Kieslowski)
1989 300 Miles to Heaven (Maciej Dejczer)
1990 Escape from the Liberty Cinema* (Wojciech Marczewski)
1990 Europa, Europa * (Agnieszka Holland)
1994 The Recidivists (Kazimierz Kutz)
1997 Love Stories (Jerzy Stuhr)
1999 The Debt* (Krzysztof Krauze)
2000 Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (Krzysztof Zanussi)
2001 Hi, Tereska (Robert Glinski)
2002 Day of the Wacko (Marek Koterski)
2002 Squint Your Eyes (Andrzej Jakimowski)
2002 The Pianist* (Roman Polanski)
2004 My Nikifor (Krzysztof Krauze)
2004 Streaks (Magdalena Piekorz)
2004 The Wedding (Wojciech Smarzowski)
2005 Persona Non Grata* (Krzysztof Zanussi)

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