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What's your favorite film by Andrzej Wajda?

A Generation
0 (0%)
Kanal
8 (40%)
Ashes and Diamonds
3 (15%)
Innocent Sorcerers
0 (0%)
Love at Twenty
0 (0%)
Landscape After Battle
0 (0%)
Brzezina (The Birch Wood)
0 (0%)
The Wedding
0 (0%)
The Promised Land
0 (0%)
Man of Marble
1 (5%)
Young Girls of Wilko
0 (0%)
Man of Iron
0 (0%)
Danton
0 (0%)
Korczak
0 (0%)
Katyn
0 (0%)
Tatarak
0 (0%)
Walsa: Man of Hope
0 (0%)
Afterimage
0 (0%)
other (specify)
0 (0%)
haven't seen any
7 (35%)
don't like any
1 (5%)

Total Members Voted: 19

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Re: Wajda, Andrzej
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2015, 09:54:30 AM »
1. Kanal
2. A Generation
3. The Promised Land
4. Danton

5. Ashes and Diamonds
6. Man of Marble
7. Katyn
8. Man of Iron
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Re: Wajda, Andrzej
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2015, 05:46:33 AM »
Yay, another one i never heard about ! The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance indeed.
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Re: Wajda, Andrzej
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2015, 03:47:15 PM »
Kanal
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Ashes and Diamonds
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Re: Wajda, Andrzej
« Reply #13 on: June 25, 2015, 08:00:35 AM »
Had to vote "Don't like any" as the only one I've seen, Katyn, got me disappointed.

It feels weird in a way, because I know there are some gems in Wajda's filmography. In the Directors' Rating Project I would probably slap a 5.5 to 6 on Andrzej.
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Re: Wajda, Andrzej
« Reply #14 on: April 18, 2019, 01:50:53 PM »
Kanal
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Re: Wajda, Andrzej
« Reply #15 on: June 11, 2019, 10:12:30 PM »
Updated Rankings

The Promised Land (1975)
★ ★ ★ - Good
An epic satire against capitalism, Wajda quickly whips things into a frenzy with a camera thatís always on the prowl through overly-decorated rooms filled with garishly made up people. I honestly wasnít ready for it, like the opening section of Baz Luhrmannís Moulin Rouge done with long takes instead of harsh edits, and Wajda maintains that pace, exhausting me without wearing me down. With so much effort, itís surprising and a bit sad this hasnít yet received the art-house acclaim it so richly deserves. A favorite of Martin Scorsese, this should at least be a regular on They Shoot Pictures. Messy in full, but with excellent moments throughout.


Man of Marble (1977)
★ ★ Ĺ
From the heightened reality of Promised Land into minimalist historical docu-drama. A story of a bricklayer hailed as a hero of the people who quickly fell from public life. Told in a Citizen Kane style with an intense, twitchy female director (novel concept) uncovering how the documentary camera lies with every frame. Film peaks early, when we get the reality that went into a major achievement by the bricklayer and his team. Overall, there isnít enough political context, yet whatís there is too interruptive to the drama.


Man of Iron (1981)
★ ★
A thematic sequel focused on a different historical event that merges to become a direct sequel to Marble. Unfortunately, the lead actor here isnít as compelling. I believe itís a deliberate choice for the leading reporter here to be weak, but when the original female director returns it just points up whatís been missing. This one also tips the scales heavily in terms of political content and discussion, making for a lesser experience in every way to the point where I now like Man of Marble more.


Danton (1983)
★ ★ ★ Ė Okay
I was initially resistant to this 2+ hour political drama set in late 18th Century France. Typical of Wajda, the politics are more important than the people. However, it comes around to create a fierce portrait of people who can have the best interest of their country at heart, but very different ideas about how to go about it. It also shows these leaders getting lost in the political optics to where they lose sight of what theyíre ultimately trying to achieve. Parallels to our modern situation arenít obvious, but itís probably what created the bridge to my ultimately recommending this.


Katyn (2007)
★ ★ Ĺ
Episodic look at the Russian invasion of Poland in 1939 leading to the mass slaughter of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. It's a story that deserves to be told, we know of the invasion of Poland starting WWII but Wajda dramatizes it on a personal level. While the subject matter is strong, the director's fire has mellowed. This doesn't have the dark comedy or stunning symbolic imagery of his more well-known films. The characters never evolve beyond being guides through this brief period of the Hell of war, but the final sequence is filmed with a vťritť immediacy that gives it the right amount of impact.

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Re: Wajda, Andrzej
« Reply #16 on: June 12, 2019, 12:41:33 AM »
Had to vote "Don't like any" as the only one I've seen, Katyn, got me disappointed.
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