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Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema


At the invitation of Andrzej Wajda, Martin Scorsese spent time at the Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Łódź in 2011. The films Scorsese revisited there impressed him with the astonishing achievements of Poland’s national cinema in the 20th century. Through his nonprofit, the Film Foundation, in partnership with distributor Milestone Films, a selection of these films, ripe for rediscovery by a global audience, was chosen for new restorations. Embodying what Wajda called “the impertinent freedom of creativity in the cinema,” this series is nothing short of dazzling. Film descriptions courtesy of Milestone Films, except where noted. Films are screened in their original languages with English subtitles.

The series continues in January. View a trailer for the entire touring series.

Read an analysis of the films from Film Comment.