A special screening of Andrzej Wajda's latest film. Introduction and discussion by Professor Arch Getty, UCLA History.
Directed by the famed Polish director Andrzej Wajda, KATYN is about the murder of thousands of Polish officers by the Soviet secret police during World War II. Regarded as Wajda's most important and long-awaited film, KATYN uses stories from authentic diaries and letters to tell the fate of four fictional officers and their families. Through them, it shows the predicament of Poland, attacked from the west by the Nazis on Sept.1, 1939 and on Sept. 17 by the Soviets from the east under a secret deal between Stalin and Hitler. In 1990, after being kept secret by the Cold War for almost another sixty years, the Kremlin officially confessed that Dictator Joseph Stalin's secret police were responsible for the crime. In addition to featuring a top Polish cast, the cinematographer is award-winning Pawel Edelman (RAY, ALL THE KINGS MEN, THE PIANIST, OLIVER TWIST) and the music is by the world-famous composer Krzysztof Penderecki. Now 81 years old, cinema master Andrzej Wajda was awarded both an honorary Oscar in 2000 and an Honorary Golden Bear at Berlin in 2006 for his lifetime achievement in cinema.
Sponsor(s): Center for European and Eurasian Studies, The Hammer Museum
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