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Includes a complete screening of Ashes and Diamonds.

Poland has one of Europe’s stronger film cultures, but there’s surprisingly little argument about its single greatest director, who died last October at the age of ninety. Andrzej Wajda’s 65-year career spanned the Stalinist 1950s and the post-Communist 2000s (and in the 1980s he filmed the rise of Solidarity first-hand), but he also turned earlier Polish historical events into unforgettably potent and visually muscular drama.

In this heavily illustrated talk, Polish cinema expert Michael Brooke celebrates Wajda’s unique vision.

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