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Katyn
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Directed By
Andrzej Wajda

Written By:
Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Mularczyk, Przemyslaw Nowakowski, Wladyslaw Pasikowski

Cast:
Wladyslaw Kowalski, Krystyna Zachwatowicz, Sergey Garmash, Tomasz Leszczynski, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Joachim Paul Assböck, Maja Ostaszewska, Andrzej Chyra, Agnieszka Glinska, Pawel Malaszynski, Maja Komorowska, Oleg Savkin, Antoni Pawlicki, Agnieszka Kawiorska, Joachim Paul Assböck, Waldemar Barwinski, Sebastian Bezzel, Jacek Braciak, Leon Charewicz, Waldemar Czyszak, Alicja Dabrowska, Aleksander Fabisiak, Krzysztof Globisz, Krzysztof Kolberger, Zbigniew Kozlowski, Rafal Kronenberger, Roman Leus, Janusz Lagodzinski, Maria Maj, Józef Mika, Andrzej Pieczynski, Leszek Piskorz, Waldemar Pokromski, Jakub Przebindowski, Anna Radwan, Jacek Romanowski, Rafal Sadowski, Ilia Zmiejew, Vladimir Abramushkin, Robert Cichon, Rafal Czachur, Jacek Drozd, Adam Graczyk, Roman Gruszkiewicz, Marek Karpowicz, Joanna Kawiorska, Andrzej Kociubinski, Barbara Kurzaj, Jacek Lenartowicz, Andrzej Mlynarczyk, Jacek Rathe, Andrzej Sitek, Jakub Snochowski, Krzysztof Szczerbinski, Andrzej Szenajch, Zbigniew Swiderski, Agnieszka Wensora, Stefan Wójcicki, Artur Zmijewski, Danuta Stenka, Jan Englert, Magdalena Cielecka, Stanislaw Brudny, Stanislawa Celinska, Wiktoria Gasiewska, Tomasz Miedzik, Dariusz Poleszak, Dariusz Toczek, Tadeusz Wojtych, Wieslaw Wójcik, Miroslaw Bala, Wojciech Chorazy, Piotr Cichon, Dymitr Holówko, Józef Kielar, Piotr Kolski, Filip Kowalczyk, Grzegorz Kwiecien, Wojciech Leonowicz, Maciej Mikolajczyk, Piotr Polak, Modest Rucinski, Szymon Rzaca, Piotr Sieklucki, Klaudia Siemek

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Katyn (2007)
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Movie Review by Movie Addict
August 12th, 2009

Favorite Movie Quote: "You are the same as they are. You think differently, but you do the same."

I thought the Oscar winner for best Foreign Film in 2007, The Counterfeiters, was excellent. While this was also a compelling film, I agree that the right decision was made.

One would not be surprised that the governments involved would rather not have to admit that this happened. Katyn, a forest outside Krakow, and the site where somewhere between 12,000 and 20,000 Polish military officers were summarily executed in 1940, by the Soviet occupiers of eastern Poland, on the personal orders of Joe Stalin.

Since Poland was a Communist state after the war, the event had to be moved to 1941 so the Germans could be blamed. It wasn't military professionals that Stalin killed, but middle class professionals, who were removed to establish a new Soviet class.

The film focuses mostly on the women left behind. We see Andrzej (Artur Zmijewski) and Jerzy (Andrzej Chyra) in the beginning, but it is Andrzej/s wife Anna (Maja Ostaszewska) and their daughter that is the main focus.

It is a hard film, but one that needed to be told.

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