“Warsaw Uprising” is the world’s first feature non-fiction war drama made entirely from documentary materials. It tells the story of the Warsaw Rising of 1944 through the eyes of two young reporters, witnesses to insurgent fighting. It uses authentic newsreels filmed in August of 1944.
This is one of the short films made as part of the Legendy Polskie cycle (”Polish Legends”). Directed and designed by a CGI artist acclaimed worldwide, Tomasz Bagiński, the cycle aims to present Polish folklore in a new manner, and to prove that fantasy films can be done well (or better!) outside of Hollywood.
The goal is to combine modern, world-class filmmaking with… some of the more typical aspects of Polish-ness, not only where legends are concerned.
This installment in the series does not require knowing any particular legend, the English subs are passable (though it’s less funny, some of this stuff is not very translate-able), so it’s pretty accessible to general public.
Also, really cool.
For explanations of some things that may perplex foreigners, see below.
Okay but can we please take a moment to appreciate a series of short movies based on Polish legends called (simply) Legendy Polskie?
Polish cinematography isn’t spectacular. We have good productions but when it comes to special effects, we are unfortunately far behind other countries. Most of good Polish movies are either comedies, whodunits or historical productions. It’s easy to count fanatasy or science fiction films because there is so little of them.
And then, Legendy Polskie appeared.
Those are five short movies (the longest one is about 20min long), re-telling classic Polish legends, taking creatures and people from old tales and putting them straight into XXI century. Not only are they nicely told (plot wise) but also both special effects and soundtrack are amazing.
All of them are directed by Polish master of short form, Tomasz Bagiński (Thomas Baginsky), who is best known from his short movies Cathedra and Fallen Art (which I highly recommend by the way, it’s a feast for your eyes).
All of them are available on YouTube with English subtitles and in HD. I don’t know how many of you will give them a chance but I think it’s a good shot. You can watch them in whatever order you want but I personally recommend “Twardowksy -
Smok - Twardowsky 2.0
- Bazyliszek - Jaga“ for the best experience (also friendly advice: whatch till the very end).