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
A startling indictment of Nazi brutality, but its haunting quality arises from its condemnation of the self-serving nature of memory. The bleached-out look of the film, and its almost casual, Breughelesque depiction of prisoners' suffering stays with me far more than more lionized works such as "Schindler's List". It's one of the greatest tragedies in cinema history that Monk died so young, leaving this unfinished.