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Andrzej Munk


“Only a scoundrel could speak out against manifestations of heroism. I feel I am being wronged by those who accuse me of representing in my films some anti-heroic tendencies. We had never manifested a cynical attitude towards heroism, but we treated it as a real fact.”



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


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