Poland, 1972 / 1974 / 1990
Length / Main features: 344 minutes
Length / Special features: 95 minutes
Sound: Stereo 2.0 / Original mono (restored)
Second Run DVD presents a second volume in its Polish Cinema Classics series. Gathering together films from three of Poland's acknowledged master filmmakers, this special edition 3-DVD box set contains these celebrated films fully restored in new director-approved HD masters and released for the first time ever in the UK.
This 3-DVD Set comprises:
The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana / Andrzej Wajda, 1974)
Adapted from Polish Nobel laureate Władysław Stanisław Reymont's classic 1897 novel, The Promised Land is the story of three young friends united in the ruthless pursuit of fortune. Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Oscar® and presented here in its original uncut cinema version, Wajda's lavish epic is a Dickensian tale of greed, human cruelty and betrayal.
Illumination (Iluminacja / Krzysztof Zanussi, 1972)
Zanussi's landmark film is an insightful fusion of science and art - and is as much a philosophical essay as a dazzlingly kaleidoscopic narrative feature. A cinematic mosaic of precision, intellect and emotion Illumination became a defining event for a whole generation.
Escape from 'Liberty' Cinema (Ucieczka z kina 'Wolność' / Wojciech Marczewski , 1990)
Marczewski's anti-totalitarian satire is a darkly comic examination of the nature and effects of censorship, directed by one of Poland's leading intellectual - and much censored - filmmakers. Multi-award-winning, and with shades of Keaton's Sherlock, Jr. and Woody Allen's The Purple Rose of Cairo it is a key film of the seismic political change of 1989.
Supported by the Polish Film Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute in London.