Trailer: Highly Anticipated Polish Blockbuster WARSAW 44

Patryk Czekaj, Contributing Writer
Warsaw Uprising was one of the most crucial World War II operations by the Polish resistance Home Army. It was a desperate attempt at liberating Warsaw from the Nazi occupation, and one that was doomed from the start. Though after only 63 days of uneven battle the German army won, this courageous military effort proved that citizens of Poland weren't afraid to stand up up against evil forces, even under enormously unfavorable circumstances.

It's not really a surprise that one of the most highly anticipated Polish blockbusters centers around one of the most important events in the country's history. The fact that there's no shortage of war dramas in Polish cinema is as indisputable as it is somewhat irritating. Paying homage to the great heroes who fought to the death in order to protect their precious land is one thing, but repeating the same patterns both in terms of storytelling and visual experiences is another. Yes, the trailer looks gorgeous and impressive (although Lana Del Rey's song doesn't really fit into the bigger picture), but let's not get excited prematurely. People once said similar things about the awful historical film The Secret of Westerplatte.

Jan Komasa's (Suicide Room) Warsaw 44 not only portrays the horrors of war from the perspective of the youngest participants, but also explains in detail how the outbreak of Warsaw Uprising changed the lives of those individual characters. Here's a short description of the film (via Polish Film Institute):

A story of young Varsovians full of life and passion. They live their lives as if each day was to be their last. It's not, however, due to their bravado or recklessness - this attitude is a natural thing considering the reality they face.

Warsaw 44 will have its official world premiere on August 1, 2014 on the 70th anniversary of Warsaw Uprising. Theatrical release date is set for September 19, 2014. 

Watch the trailer below!
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  • marek rokam

    Looks like another hollywood (which means bad) movie but this time in polish version done by some nonames. The true is there is only (Smarzowski) one above average low level director. The director of Warsaw 44 is not him.

  • Nicholas I

    The Chinese have already got the script and are doing a state-sponsored re-write.

  • Nicholas I

    It's about time somebody made a movie about how Nazis are not that good.

  • cuckoozey

    There can never be enough of them, imo.

  • cuttermaran

    Looks like an average russian tv show

  • Wow, that looks great.

  • Patryk

    On the other hand, I'm in the middle of editing my review of STONES FOR THE RAMPART, a very decent war drama. Maybe that's a good sign...

  • Patryk

    Although I'm still a bit skeptical (most Polish war films of the last few years weren't exactly impressive), I actually hope that it will be a big hit both here and everywhere else!

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