Total Downer

The Soviet Union admitted that yes, it mass killed 15,000 Polish POWs and then blamed it on the Nazis. Unfortunately, the soldiers were offed in 1940, and the admission didn't come until 1990. Hey, they made it in the same century! The massacre is dramatized in Andrzej Wajda's Katyn. Wajda is lauded for films like Ashes and Diamonds and Danton -- he's a skilled auteur and the film looks gorgeous -- but this one has a different feel. Wajda's own father was one of those Polish soldiers.
June 19-25, 2009

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