Wajda's telling of the story of Janusz Korcak, a Polish Jew who put the lives of children above his own, is a triumph of storytelling and a worthy entry in the cinema of the holocaust. The rich b&w photography by Robby Muller stands as a testament to his genius. Hadn't seen the film in 24 years and was surprised how etched this film was in my memory. One of Wajda's best.
How depressing. I don't know if I can take any more of these Holocaust films. I would like to see more films about Jewish life, not just death and persecution. I don't want my tribal identity defined by hitler or the Holocaust. Korczak was a hero, but so were Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg, heroes who celebrated life and freedom. I wish MUBI would show LAST SUMMER WONT HAPPEN (1968) by Peter Gessner.
A nice alternative to the Hollywood WWII film. Violence and death are not glamorized here, but treated with the fear and gloom with which the victims of the war themselves surely felt. And though sentimental at times—how could you not be, in a film about a man protecting 200 orphans during a war—the film is bereft of any grand moral pronouncements about war http://www.theperipherymag.com/filmgoing-in-the-internet-age
Absolutely riveting. At first I found it a bit too staged and unnatural, the good doctor too saintly to be true or believable but the more I watched the more I was gathered in. We need to believe in our saints, after all, and in men with courage. Especially in the worst of times.