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NOV 15, 5:00 pm. ALLERY THEATRE


 


 


AMERICAN CORRESPONDENT
(AMERYKANSKI KORESPONDENT)

dir. Eugene Starky (2009, 52') Poland/USA/
in Polish with English subtitles



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 Enterprises
PRODUCER: Anna Dobrowolska

SYNOPSIS:

September 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.

Julien 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.

Most 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.

DIRECTOR:

EUGENE STARKY