Lisa Schwarzbaum
February 18, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Katyn

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
Unrated
runtime
121 minutes
Limited Release Date
02/18/09
performer
Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Andrzej Chyra, Danuta Stenka
director
Andrzej Wajda
author
Andrzej Mularczyk, Przemyslaw Nowakowski, Wladyslaw Pasikowski, Andrzej Wajda
genre
War, Drama

We gave it an A-

The great Polish director Andrzej Wajda (Danton) musters the power of classical filmmaking and personal emotional investment ?to dramatize a stunning atrocity long covered up: In the spring of 1940, over the course of three days, some 15,000 Polish officers and intellectuals were killed at Stalin’s command, shot one by one in the back of the head and ?buried in Poland’s Katyn Forest. Yet until Mikhail Gorbachev’s acknowledgment in 1990, the ? Soviets officially blamed Nazis for the slaughter. In Katyn Wajda, whose father was among the murdered, brings the dead to life through stories of ?three fictional women searching for truth about lost husbands and brothers. A?

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