Andrzej Munk’s ‘heroic symphony’, set during WWII, presents two sardonic tales of courage and valour which aim to demystify the archetypal image of heroism. The first movement focuses on a seemingly feckless and selfish man and his ironic route to finally taking up arms in the national struggle against the Nazis. The second movement is set in a POW camp whose Polish inmates cling to their hopes for an eventual escape, encouraged by the legendary escape of one of their number.
Both tales converge to create a blackly comic and perceptive satire; a provocative, powerful, and potent anti-war poem considered amongst the most subversive films of the period. —Second Run
Andrzej Munk was a Polish film director, screenplay writer and camera operator and was one of the most influential artists of the Polish Film School.
Andrzej Munk was born in Kraków. Shortly before the World War II (in June 1939), he graduated from his local gymnasium. During the German occupation of Poland he moved to Warsaw, where he was forced to hide because of his partially Jewish ancestry. Using a false name, he worked as a construction worker. In 1944 Munk took part in the Warsaw Uprising. After the capitulation, he managed to leave the city and return to Kraków and later Kasprowy Wierch, where he started working as a janitor at the ropeway station.
After the war, Munk returned to Warsaw and joined the reopened Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology. Because of poor health he left the university and later studied law at Warsaw University. Finally he moved to Łódź, where he joined the Łódź Film and Theatre School. He graduated in 1951 and… read more
EROICA / HEROISM is a Polish World War II film which skewers the gravity of military bluster and pokes its almost scandalous finger at the absurdity of war. Though comprised of two separate war tales… read review