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1950s Polish-language Movies

Public list by WPS with 28 movies or TV shows/series

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Night Train(1959)

1h 37min | Mystery, Thriller, Drama
3.7/5 (with 33 votes)

Two strangers, Jerzy and Marta, accidentally end up holding tickets for the same sleeping chamber on an overnight train to the Baltic Sea coast. Also on board is Marta's spurned lover, who will not leave her alone. When the police enter the train in search of a murderer on the lam, rumors fly and everything seems to point toward one of the main characters as the culprit.

Ashes and Diamonds(1958)

1h 43min | Drama, Romance / Love, War
3.8/5 (with 94 votes)

A young academy soldier, Maciek Chelmicki, is ordered to shoot the secretary of the KW PPR. A coincidence causes him to kill someone else. Meeting face to face with his victim, he gets a shock. He faces the necessity of repeating the assassination. He meets Krystyna, a girl working as a barmaid in the restaurant of the "Monopol" hotel. His affection for her makes him even more aware of the senselessness of killing at the end of the war. Loyalty to the oath he took, and thus the obligation to obey the order, tips the scales.

Kanal(1957)

1h 36min | War, Drama
3.9/5 (with 49 votes)

During the last few days of the Warsaw Uprising following World War II, a modest group of Resistance members remains. The band must take refuge in the sewers under the orders of leader Zadra, but it's only a matter of time before they will have to emerge. However, when they try, they are met only with intense hostility from the Nazis. Despite their attempts stay resolute through immense mental strain, it becomes increasingly apparent that they may be doomed.

A Generation(1955)

1h 27min | War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 21 votes)

Stach is a wayward teen living in squalor on the outskirts of Nazi-occupied Warsaw. Guided by an avuncular Communist organizer, he is introduced to the underground resistance—and to the beautiful Dorota. Soon he is engaged in dangerous efforts to fight oppression and indignity, maturing as he assumes responsibility for others’ lives. A coming-of-age story of survival and shattering loss, A Generation delivers a brutal portrait of the human cost of war.

The Noose(1958)

1h 36min | Drama
3.7/5 (with 13 votes)

A day in the life of an alcoholic. With the help of his girlfriend Krysia, Kuba attempts to regain control of his life. But when his girlfriend is at work and Kuba home alone, resisting temptation becomes hard.

Farewells(1958)

1h 37min | Drama
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

The story takes place before World War II and centers on Pawel, a member of a conservative, middle-class family, and his love for Lidka, a taxi dancer. Social conventions and the lovers' inability to defy those forces Pawel and Lidka benefit. Times change, war breaks out, leading to Pawel sent to Auschwitz while Lidka marry his cousin. Their love has survived and conventions are no longer the issue.

A Toothful Smile(1957)

2min | Comedy, Drama
2.6/5 (with 19 votes)

A man walks down the exterior staircase of building of flats; he's dressed to go out, taking care to wrap a scarf around his neck. He pauses as he passes a small window that's about eye high. He ventures to look in, and there a young woman stands at a washbasin, drying her hair,.

Directed by Roman Polanski - With Nikola Todorov

Break Up the Dance(1957)

8min | Drama
2.6/5 (with 13 votes)

Youths get ready for a party, decorating the dance floor, cleaning out the fountain of a pond. That evening, the party starts and guests arrive: everyone has a ticket, and a guy at the gate, wearing a formal shirt, tails, and shorts, makes sure only those with tickets gain entrance.

Directed by Roman Polanski

Man on the Tracks(1957)

1h 29min | Drama
3.3/5 (with 8 votes)

In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, the station master, believes Orzechowski was a saboteur; at least one on the inquiry panel agrees. Zapora, the young engineer on the train that hit Orzechowski, gives more complicated testimony about the dead man - stiff-necked, proud, imperious, critical of Zapora and other younger workers. The signalman at the crossing where Orzechowski died also testifies. Can the panel arrive at the truth in a world where workers unite, inferior coal is a badge of honor, and the old order is suspect?

Eroica(1958)

1h 27min | Comedy, Drama
3.4/5 (with 9 votes)

Tells two tales set during WWII: A seemingly feckless and selfish finally takes up arms in the national struggle against the Nazis. Set in a POW camp, Polish inmates cling to their hopes for an eventual escape, encouraged by the legendary escape of one of their own.

Orzel(1959)

1h 44min | War
3.5/5 (with 2 votes)

Based on a true story of Polish submarine "Orzel" (The Eagle): September 1939, "Orzel" is coming to Estonian neutral harbor in Tallin. Under pressure from Germany Estonians have intern the ship. Commander Grabinski decides to escape to England through the Baltic Sea, without any maps that has been confiscated and with only small amount of fuel on board.

Nikodem Dyzma(1956)

1h 47min | Comedy
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Nikodem Dyzma is a poor dancer who comes to Warsaw to find a job. The problem is that nobody wants to hire him. One day he finds an invitation to the party with very important people and decides to attend. A small accident at the party makes him the hero of the night and becomes the beginning of his career.

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Shadow(1956)

1h 38min | Crime, Drama, War
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

A man has been found dead after having been hurled from a train. As security agents, police and a medical examiner piece together his identity, three accounts emerge: one set during World War II, one in the immediate aftermath of the war, and one in contemporary Poland.

The Eighth Day of the Week(1958)

1h 23min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.4/5 (with 3 votes)

Zbigniew Cybulski and Sonja Ziemann play lovers struggling to find happiness and privacy in overcrowded Warsaw. The movie shows an honest picture of life in a war-damaged city, contrasting the characters' difficulties with their dreams of a better life. It was banned in Poland in 1958 and would not been seen anywhere until its European release one year later.

Five from Barska Street(1954)

1h 48min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

In war-ravaged Warsaw, five juvenile delinquents are given probation for stealing, to rehabilitate themselves, but remain under the influence of their profiteer-boss.

Unvanquished City(1950)

1h 26min | War
2.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Unvanquished City (Polish: Robinson warszawski, Polish: Miasto nieujarzmione) is a 1950 Polish drama film directed by Jerzy Zarzycki. It was entered into the 1951 Cannes Film Festival.

Directed by Jerzy Zarzycki - With Jan Kurnakowicz, Zofia Mrozowska, Igor Śmiałowski, Henryk Borowski, Andrzej Łapicki, Jerzy Wasowski, ...

Irene, Go Home!(1955)

1h 30min | Comedy, Kids & Family
3.5/5 (with 1 vote)

A factory foreman discovers (to his discontent) that his housewife secretly takes driving lessons in order to get a job and send their son to kindergarten.

Young Chopin(1952)

1h 38min | Drama, History
2.9/5 (with 2 votes)

As directed by Aleksander Ford in 1952, this Polish-language period drama chronicles the life, times and accomplishments of revered Warsaw-born Romantic composer Frederic Chopin, here played by Czeslaw Wollejko (Danton). The feature focuses exclusively on the youth of Chopin (who died at age 39), spanning his 15th year (c. 1825) through his 21st year (c. 1831); it also depicts Chopin as both prodigiously gifted and one filled with a tremendous spirit of Polish nationalism. Ford concludes with the onset of the illness that eventually killed Ford, set against the backdrop of the famous November Uprising in 1830.

Directed by Aleksander Ford - With Czesław Wołłejko, Aleksandra Śląska, Franciszek Jamry

The Last Day of Summer(1958)

3.5/5 (with 7 votes)

A subtle, almost quasi-documentary tale of a confrontation between two lonely people — one from which true understanding cannot seemingly result.

Directed by Tadeusz Konwicki - With Jan Machulski

The Warsaw Debut(1951)

1h 41min | History, Music

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Sprawa do załatwienia(1953)

1h 21min | Comedy
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

Three Stories(1953)

1h 39min | Action, Drama
0.5/5 (with 1 vote)

- No description / details available yet. -

Soldier of Victory(1953)

3h 38min | Drama, War

Two-part biopic about General Karol Świerczewski, living embodiment of the party line, and the group of party members from his hometown fighting the fascist forces towards the socialist state of affairs.

Directed by Wanda Jakubowska - With Karol Wargin

The Real End of the Great War(1957)

1h 29min | Drama
4.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Roza marries a promising young architect, Juliusz ; for a few months, they have a blissful life together. Then World War II breaks out and within weeks Juliusz is deported to a concentration camp. Months, and then years go by, until Roza abandons any hope that her husband might return. She meets and falls in love with another man, and tries to put her life back together, but one day, unexpectedly, Juliusz does return - a shattered, mere ghost of his former self, physically crippled and tormented by memories of the camps. First out of duty, then out of pity, Roza starts to care for him, but her feelings slowly are transformed into a kind of revulsion.

Lotna(1959)

1h 25min | Drama, War
2.5/5 (with 4 votes)

Set in the beginning of Wold War II, when the Polish cavalry still fought with lances against German troops. LOTNA is about a white thoroughbred horse that passed through various hands in a military outfit.

Szkice węglem(1957)

1h 32min | Drama, History

The dark drama of a peasant family from the second half of the 19th century: Seduced by a municipal clerk (in exchange for a promise to release her husband from military service), the woman dies at the hands of her jealous husband.

Directed by Antoni Bohdziewicz - With Barbara Wałkówna, Wiesław Gołas, Stanisław Woliński, Stefan Bartik

Peace Race 1952(1952)

50min | Documentary

This colour documentary reports about the 5th international peace journey which took place from 30 April to 13 May 1952 and in which 94 drivers from 16 nations took part. Twelve individual stages from Warsaw via Berlin to Prague had to be mastered. The total length was 2135 kilometres, and for the first time the Peace Journey was also held on GDR soil. The individual stages are reported with gripping film shots, short portraits of the cities and regions complete the itinerary. Exciting duels, crashes, winners, but also enthusiastic spectators and cheering workers at the roadsides show the sport from different perspectives. Intermediate cuts and reviews of the expansion and reconstruction of the cities of Warsaw, Berlin and Dresden are also part of this documentary film, as is a critical report on Bloody Sunday in Essen and the police's action against opponents of rearmament in West Germany.

Directed by Joris Ivens

I Walk in the Sun(1955)

13min | Documentary
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

A documentary about the sculptor Xawery Dunikowski, shot in his workshop. Director paid a tribute to the artist - a recluse without the artistic inheritors.

Directed by Andrzej Wajda - With Xawery Dunikowski
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