21 February 2009


Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
Written by: Andrzej Wajda, Przemyslaw Nowakowski, Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Full credits from IMDb

Grade: 2/5

Above all, Katyn is (sigh) a WWII movie, but with a minor twist: the victims aren’t Jews — they’re Poles! And the villains aren’t Nazis — they’re Soviets! (Well, and Nazis.) In March 1940, Stalin secretly ordered the execution of 22,000 Polish prisoners, including army officers and academics, who he felt threatened the communization of Poland. Director Andrzej Wajda’s account of the act and its effects is sprawling but inepic: scaled to the individual level, it imagines the conditions of the men captured; the women left behind to wait, wonder and worry; and the survivors coping (or not) with the subsequent cover-up.

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