DIRECTION: Eugene Starky
SCRIPT: Eugene Starky
CINEMATOGRAPHY: Julien Bryan
MUSIC: Pans Music
EDITING: Michał Adamczuk, Sławomir Niedochodowicz
SOUND: Przemysław Jaworski
PRODUCED BY: Rekontrplan Film Group, Elita Artistic
PRODUCER: Anna Dobrowolska
1, 1939, the German Army in a "Blitzkrieg"
smashed through Poland while planes, bombing and strafing,
reduced Poland's cities and villages to rubble. Warsaw,
the capital of Poland was first big European city to
face the horror of modern war.
Bryan was the only "neutral" photographer,
filmmaker and reporter in the besieged city. He shot
several thousand feet of motion pictures, made 700 photos
and wrote a testimonial book "Siege". Bryan
portrays war not in terms of armies and battles, but
of men, women and children having to live the life of
hunted animals, without homes and food, and struggling
to maintain life under constant threat of death. The
still photographs and movie footage - the first and
most memorable to come out of World War II - shocked
the American public into awareness of what modern mechanical
warfare might also mean in their lives.
of the unique material has been recently discovered
and restored to an incredible quality thanks to the
Steven Spielberg Foundation. Narration based on Julien
Bryan's book is intensely factual and emotional. "American
Correspondent" captures the essence of the new
kind of war - against the civilian population. It is
Bryan's private triumph over the powerful Nazi war propaganda.