Jerzy Kawalerowicz



6.8 Night Train (1959)
7.0 Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)
6.8 Death of a President (1977)
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Capostipite della scuola di Krakow, Jerzy Kawalerowicz debutto` con Gromada/ The Village Mill (1951)

Ligio al socialist realism, diresse Celuloza/ Cellulose (1954), cronaca della presa di coscienza di un contadino emigrato in città e delle lotte operaie degli anni Trenta.

Pod Gwiazda Frygijska/ Under the Phrygian Star (1954)

Cien/ Shadow(1956), written by Aleksander Scibor-Rylski and photographed by Jerzy Lipman, was a detective movie filmed in neorealist style.

Pociag/ Night Train(1959), starring Zbigniew Cybulski, Lucyna Winnicka and Leon Niemczyk, photographed by Jan Laskowski with music by Andrzej Trzaskowski, increased psychological introspection while retaining the general atmosphere of the suspenseful thriller.

Prawdziwy Koniec Wielkiej Wojny/ The Real End of the Great War (1957), adapted from Jerzy Zawieyski's short story,

Matka Joanna od Aniolow/ Mother Joan of the Angels (1961), based on Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz's novella and photographed by Jerzy Wojcik, starring again Winnicka, set in an 18th-century monastery among lasciviously possessed nuns, instead draws inspiration from dark Polish pornographic fiction to set up a story of superstition, evil, and erotic repression, a metaphor for regime fanaticism that blinds minds, causes psychic disasters, and sparks violent rebellions.

historical epic Faraon/ Pharaoh (1966), adapted from Boleslaw Prus' novel,

Gra/ The Game (1968)

Maddalena (1971), with music by Ennio Morricone, is an erotic quasi-porn movie in which a nymphomaniac with mystical visions seduces a priest who then kills himself.

The period movie and docudrama Smierc Prezydenta/ Death of a President (1977) is his most visually impressive film.

After the mediocre psychological drama Spotkanie na Atlantyku/ Encounter on the Atlantic (1980), he paid tribute to Jewish culture in Austeria/ The Inn (1983), set among Polish Jews in eastern Galicia before World War I.

His last films were literary adaptations: Jeniec Europy/ The Hostage of Europe (1989), from Juliusz Dankowski's novel, Za co?/ Why? (1995), from a short story of Lev Tolstoy, and Quo Vadis? (2001), from Henryk Sienkiewicz's novel.

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