Poland in the postwar era was a supremely unlucky nation, but in one respect (and perhaps one only) it was among the world’s luckiest. This unassuming country, generally admired not for its scenery nor its cuisine nor its architecture, produced three of the greatest European poets of the last half-century. Continue reading
With her latest film In Darkness, Holland returns to World War II (when her movies Angry Harvestand Europa Europa are set) and still manages to cover well-worn territory with fresh and even shocking perspectives. It’s based on the dark, curious but inspiring story of sewer inspector Leopold Socha (Robert Wieckiewicz), who sheltered a handful of Jews in the sewers of Lvov, Poland until the Nazis fell. Continue reading
New Delhi: A classic Polish drama that explores social and political themes, especially war and its tragic outcomes and has been performed across the world, including India, now returns with a repeat performance at the ongoing international theatre festival in Kerala. Continue reading
Eye Sea Posters showcases a stunning collection of original vintage film posters — most of which are from Poland — from the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. Surreal art and stylish typography combine to create memorable images, that include everything from pistols bearing eyeballs, to butterfly humanoids, and other uniquely bizarre works. Proprietor James Dyer shared a bit of history behind the designs in a recent interview. Continue reading
This year marks the 14th installment of the Rochester Polish Film Festival, which this weekend brings to town eight features and six shorts from a country often (and frustratingly so) absent from the American arthouse. Sponsored by the Skalny Center for Polish and Central European Studies at the University of Rochester, the Polish Film Fest has grown by leaps and bounds since its inception in the mid-90′s, with current Polish cinema supplanting the largely archival selections available to the festival in its early years. Continue reading
The world has changed radically since the celebrated Polish pianist Adam Makowicz last played Chicago, in 1990. But Makowicz’s pianism â€“ ornate, lyrical, soulful â€“ remains as attractive as ever, as he proved before a capacity audience Wednesday night at the Chopin Theatre. Continue reading
The last time the great Polish pianist Adam Makowicz played Chicago, he recalls, personal computers were new, the Internet was marginal and his native country had just been liberated from Communism. Continue reading
Itâ€™s easy to say which nation has the fastest trains (France) or the largest number of prime ministers whoâ€™ve probably been eaten by sharks (Australia), but itâ€™s impossible to know which country has the best writers, let alone the best poets. Even so, if cash money were on the line, youâ€™d find few critics willing to bet against Poland.
-Â David Orr; The New York Times; July 29, 2007
Isabelle Sokolnicka concurs, and thinks the language may have something to do with it. Continue reading
The recent departure under pressure of the creator and overseer of Warsawâ€™s Museum of the History of the Polish Jews is provoking concern about the future of the ambitious project, which aims to preserve a legacy of 1,000 years of Jewish life in Poland. Continue reading
The “Lady with an Ermine”, a rare painting of a woman by Leonardo da Vinci and Poland’s greatest art treasure, was set to hit the road Wednesday after a year of heated debate by officials and experts.
Fearing it could be damaged, Poland’s culture ministry was initially hostile to the idea of the masterpiece painted on wood leaving the country. Continue reading