Film and TV

Five Bleak Picks From Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

The Polish landscape is cold, cloudy and bleak, and serves as a perfect backdrop for films that mine the existential frustrations of the human experience, including the 21 recently restored films in Martin Scorsese Presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, a series that begins tonight at the Sie FilmCenter. Many of these movies reflect struggles of adults coming to terms with life's banality in a hostile society where there is no clear path toward liberation from the mundane. Some use humor; many are just grim.

Digging into this impressive selection by directors including Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Wajda and Jerzy Kawalerowicz, we selected five of our favorites -- but encourage you to check out the rest, too.

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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Culture Editor since 2016, writing about the arts, music and film.
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