Koch Lorber Films | Release Date: February 18, 2009
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JayHAug 9, 2009
Excellent story, exceptional cinematography and a keen eye for period detail make this a remarkable film.The story is very moving, disturbing as well. The cast is terrific and Andrzej Wajda's direction is superb. Fine art direction and Excellent story, exceptional cinematography and a keen eye for period detail make this a remarkable film.The story is very moving, disturbing as well. The cast is terrific and Andrzej Wajda's direction is superb. Fine art direction and costumes. Expand
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FrankG.Aug 1, 2009
Fabulous movie. Stupendous. I wish it was shown in all schools. Children must learn about the crimes of communism.
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JQJan 18, 2010
The harrowing final scene of the film vividly depicts the pure evil that was Communism.
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AnnFeb 25, 2009
This powerful movie tells the whole truth about what really happened to the Polish officers in the Katyn forest. The director, Andrzej Wajda, once again proves his unique directing skills and he makes this painful, edgy drama with a great This powerful movie tells the whole truth about what really happened to the Polish officers in the Katyn forest. The director, Andrzej Wajda, once again proves his unique directing skills and he makes this painful, edgy drama with a great sense of understanding. The violence in the movie is not exaggerated. However, the most moving thing about the film is its psychological aspect - the pain of officer's families, patiently and hopefully waiting for them to come back home. Expand
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DomoR.Aug 22, 2009
The story of a lie perpetuated by nations upon nations and more, a nation upon itself. Although the events happened 69 years ago, it is nonetheless a timely lesson for us now. Perhaps one day the US will have director like Wajda turn his The story of a lie perpetuated by nations upon nations and more, a nation upon itself. Although the events happened 69 years ago, it is nonetheless a timely lesson for us now. Perhaps one day the US will have director like Wajda turn his fine eye to the lies we've told and are still telling to ourselves. Expand
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HankChinaskiOct 9, 2011
I was afraid the film would be melodramatic and oozing with patriotism - but this is still a Wajda film. The exemplary life stories entangled in this gruesome part of history are written convincingly and enthrallingly written. The directing,I was afraid the film would be melodramatic and oozing with patriotism - but this is still a Wajda film. The exemplary life stories entangled in this gruesome part of history are written convincingly and enthrallingly written. The directing, cinematography etc. is superb, as one has come to expect from Wajda. On top of it, the Polish actors (and especially actresses!) have done a great job as well. Expand
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Masoud1986Apr 17, 2013
Superb and powerful. A good one from Andrzej Wajda. Story, cinematography, directing and others are really exceptional. For a person who did not know anything about Katyn, it was a good documentary-like too.
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RalfbergsOct 9, 2016
In my opinion it wasn't the best war movie, even though the story about Katyn is such a tragical one, but here, it felt like they didn't dig deep enough into it. I liked how they ended it and overall it is a great movie about a topic whichIn my opinion it wasn't the best war movie, even though the story about Katyn is such a tragical one, but here, it felt like they didn't dig deep enough into it. I liked how they ended it and overall it is a great movie about a topic which was hidden throughout USSR years, but I feel as a movie it could have been much more powerful and does not live up to it's full potential Expand
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