Man of Marvel: Andrzej Wajda

1/16/09 to 2/18/09

Wajda's masterful films bravely depicted the realities of war and oppression and played a vital role in Poland's self-awareness as a nation. We present twelve key works.

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Past Films

  • The Maids of Wilko

    • Wednesday, February 18 7:00 pm

    Please note: The screening of Wajda's Danton originally scheduled for this date has been canceled. Based on a novel by Polish symbolist Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz, The Maids of Wilko represents an unsentimental but poetic return to the past to explore the ironies of love and hope.

  • The Wedding

    • Saturday, February 14 8:35 pm

    Wajda adapts a classic Polish verse play “with full romantic abandon.”-Time Out

  • Man of Iron

    • Wednesday, February 11 7:00 pm

    Wajda's loose sequel to Man of Marble is an inventive feature shot during the very event it portrays, the 1980 Solidarity shipyard strike in Gdansk.

  • Landscape After Battle

    • Friday, February 6 8:30 pm

    A former concentration camp doubles as a displaced persons camp following the war in this film of “endless cruel ironies.”-Time Out

  • Man of Marble

    • Wednesday, February 4 7:00 pm

    A Citizen Kane–like search for a forgotten worker-hero churns up an unsavory history. “A political epic, compassionate and as bitterly funny as a cartoon.”-N.Y. Times

  • Everything for Sale

    • Saturday, January 31 8:30 pm

    Masterful biopic about “the Polish James Dean,” Zbigniew Cybulski, who died tragically, and absurdly, in 1967.

  • The Promised Land

    • Wednesday, January 28 7:00 pm

    Wajda's epic, Dickensian portrait of greed in turn-of-the-century Lodz is “a prophetic vision of the industrial revolution impinging on the pastoral life of Poland.”-Variety

  • Innocent Sorcerers

    • Saturday, January 24 8:30 pm

    A jazz-playing, motorcycle-riding doctor represents the '50s “lost generation,” who survived the war but cannot face the peace.

  • Ashes

    • Wednesday, January 21 7:00 pm

    An epic set during the Napoleonic Wars, this spectacular and often cruel film was the screen debut of one of Wajda's favorite actors, Daniel Olbrychski.

  • Ashes and Diamonds

    • Saturday, January 17 8:00 pm

    Introduced by Tony Lin. On the last day of the war, a young Resistance fighter (Zbigniew Cybulski) is caught in a Hamlet-like quandary: to kill or not to kill.

  • A Generation

    • Friday, January 16 6:30 pm

    Wajda brought a fresh style to his first film, about Resistance youths. Roman Polanski, who debuts here, said, “The whole Polish cinema began with it.”

  • Kanal

    • Friday, January 16 8:15 pm

    Wajda's breakthrough film, a prizewinner at Cannes, is an unforgettably vivid depiction of the last days of the 1944 Warsaw uprising against the Nazis.