www.polart.com was very helpful in constructing the list of movies on Poland



Piast Dynasty (9th century - 1305):

Stara basn. Kiedy slonce bylo bogiem (An Ancient Tale: When the Sun Was a God) (2003)  --  9th century in what became Poland; inhabited by numerous Slavic tribes

Gniazdo (The Cradle) (1974)  --  Mieszko I and the Battle of Cedynia, 972 A.D.

Boleslaw Smialy (aka King Boleslaus the Bold) (1972)  --  1079, struggle between the king of Poland, Boleslaus the Bold (reign 1076-1079), and the Bishop of Cracow; the Polish Becket

I lancieri neri (Charge of the Black Lancers) (1962)  --  set after the Mongol-Tartar invasion of Poland and the Battle of Legnica (1241), lost by High Duke of Poland, Henry II (1238-1241)

Kazimierz Wielki (Casimir the Great) (1976) --  a Piast king of Poland (1333-1370) who doubled his country in size (mostly through addition of lands in the Ukraine)

Jagiellon Dynasty (1386-1572)

Krzyzacy (Black Cross; Knights of the Teutonic Order) (1960)  --  under Ladislas II (1386-1434), defeat of the Order of Teutonic Knights of Prussia by the Polish and Lithuanians at Battle of Grunwald (1410)

Barbara Radziwillówna (Love or a Kingdom) (1936) – Sigismund II, Augustus I, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (reign 1530-1572)

Epitafium dla Barbary Radziwillówny (An Epitaph for Barbara Radziwill) (1983) – Barbara in 1547 married Grand Duke of Lithuania and King of Poland Sigismund II August

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (1574-1795):

Zelazna reka (The Iron Hand) (1989)   -- story of right-hand warrior to Stefan Batory, ruler 1576-1586, of the noble Hungarian Báthory family; one of the greatest elected Kings of Poland


The Deluge: Serious Weakening of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth

Ogniem i mieczem (With Fire and Sword) (1961) Cossacks vs. Poles; first part of a trilogy set in mid-17th century

Taras Bulba (1962) -- Cossack life in the Ukraine

Potop (The Deluge) (1975) --  second part of the trilogy; Swedish army invades Poland and a warrior fights for the heart of Olenka

Clouds of War  --  second half of the 17th century

Pan Wolodyjowski (Colonel Wolodyjowski)  --  third  part of the trilogy; Turkish invasion of Poland

Hrabina Cosel (Countess Cosel) (1968)  --  the countess, the favorite of King August II the Strong (1697-1706), fights for her right to marry the king, who is the father of their children

Pan Tadeusz  (2000)  --  Poland's attempt to free itself from Russian rule in pre-Napoleonic times


Partioned Poland: 1795-1918

Napoleon (2003)  --  Poland seeks help from Napoleon against its oppressors

Popioly  (Ashes) (1965)  --  history of Poles fighting for the independence of their partitioned country under the Napoleonic flag

Impromptu  (1991)  --  novelist George Sand and composer Frederic Chopin

Chopin: Desire for Love (2000)  --  ditto above

Mlodosc Chopina (Youth of Chopin) (1952)  -- the great Polish music composer


Polish Resistance to Russian Domination

On the Banks of the Niemen (1986)  --  1863 uprising against Russian occupation

Wierna Rzeka (Faithful River) (1936)  --  tragedy of the Polish January 1863 uprising

Noce i dnie (Nights and Days)  (1975)  --  family saga set in period after the failure of the January 1863 Uprising


Turn of the 20th Century

Goraczka (Fever) (1981)  --  turn of 20th century: revolutionary fervor, struggles for independence, and the birth of anarchism and political terrorism

Ziemia obiecana (Promised Land)  (1975)--  three industrialists build a textile factory and encounter problems with the overworked, underpaid workers


World War I (1914-1918)

Austeria (1983) --  a group of Jews flee from the Cossack army in Polish Galicia


 Second Polish Republic (1922-1939) 

Smierc Prezydenta (Death of the President) (1978)  --  assassination of Gabriel Narutowicz, 1922

Zamach stanu (Coup D'Etat) (1980) --  autumn of 1925 to the military coup in Poland by Marshal Jozef Pilsudski (May 1926) to the Brzesc Trial (1931)


World War II

To Be or Not to Be (1949) -- occupied Poland; Jack Benny

Agent #1 --  chronicles the history of Polish soldiers fighting in WWII through activities of real-life Polish spy and war hero Jerzy Szajnowicz-Iwanow

A Generation (1954)  --  1st in trilogy of Polish resistance

Kanal (1957) -- 2nd in trilogy; Warsaw uprising in Nazi-occupied Poland in 1944

Ashes and Diamonds (1958) --  3rd in trilogy; Polish film of Resistance movement in Poland during WW II's closing days

The Pianist (2002)  --  Jewish survivor of the Warsaw ghetto uprising

Samson  (1961) -- partly set in the Warsaw ghetto uprising

Eroica (1958)   --  uprising in the Warsaw ghetto

Ulica Graniczna (Border Street) (1949)  -- uprising in the Warsaw ghetto

Zasieki (Barbed Wire) (1983)  --  Soviet-backed Polish forces bravely battle the Germans in the Battle of Lenino, October 1943

Die Flucht (March of Millions) (2007) – the brutal expulsion of Polish Germans from Poland by the advancing Red Army nearing the end of the war     (currently unavailable)

Sekret Enigmy (Secret of Enigma) (1979)   --   Polish contribution to the breaking of the German enigma code in WWII




Polish Fight for Independence from the Soviet Union 

Podróz do Moskwy (1999) – Poland and the Soviet Union and Stalin

Mala Moskwa (Little Moscow) (2008) --  a love story set in 1967, Legnica (headquarters of the Soviet forces in Poland ), comprising a Soviet enclave closed to outsiders 

Czlowiek z marmuru (Man of Marble) (1977)  --  in Poland, criticism of Stalinist Realism of Nowa Huta, a new socialist city (followed up by Man of Iron)

Czlowiek z zelaza (Man of Iron) (1981)  --  Solidarity labor movement that helped the Poles push for Polish independence from the Soviet Union (follow up to Man of Marble)

To Kill a Priest (1988)  --  Catholic priest Jerzy Popieluszko allies himself with the Polish Solidarity movement

Popieluszko: Wolnosc jest w nas (Popieluszko: Freedom Is Within Us) (2009)  --  The Solidarity Chaplain killed by the Soviets  (currently unavailable)

Karol, un uomo diventato Papa (Karol: A Man Who Became Pope) (2005)  --  from 1939 German Invasion to almost through end of Soviet Occupation of Poland



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