Martin Scorsese presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema
dir. Andrzej Munk, Poland, 1957, DCP, b/w, Polish w/ English subtitles, 85 min.
Andrzej Munk’s Eroica, a Heroic Symphony in two parts and masterpiece of the Polish Film School, puts a realist lens to the romantic idea of heroism. Based on a script by Jerzy Stefan Stawiński, Eroica draws on its author’s firsthand experience as a soldier in the September campaign against the invading German army in 1939. Imprisoned in a POW camp, Stawiński escaped, participated in the Warsaw Uprising, and upon its failure was returned to another POW camp. Eroica displays the futility of the armed struggle against both Germany and Russia, while exposing the idea of heroic suffering as preposterous. In the film, World War II era Poland is under Nazi occupation. Two stories offer an ambiguous image of war: the absurd life of an average bon-vivant who, against his better judgment, participates in the combat; and righteous Polish officers incarcerated in a German camp. Is there any place for glory in these perilous times of war?
Organized by: Propaganda Foundation, DI Factory, CRF and The Film Foundation.
In cooperation with: Kino RP, Tor, Zebra, Kadr and Janus Films.
Distributed by Milestone Film & Video.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland and the Polish Film Institute.
Honorary Patronage: the Embassy
of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., the Embassy of the Republic of
Poland in Ottawa, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York,
the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Los Angeles, the Consulate General
of the Republic of Poland in Montreal, the Consulate General of the Republic of
Poland in Toronto