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Korczak1990

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  • 4.3
Henryk Goldszmit had become a Polish icon in the 1930s through his writings, teachings and radio programs for children (under the name of Janusz Korczak). When the kids from his Warsaw orphanage were to be deported to the gas chambers of Treblinka, he refused to abandon them and, with them, he died in the Holocaust. Academy Award® winning director Andrzej Wajda brings this tragic tale to the screen in KORCZAK, starring Wojciech Pszoniak as the kind and fiercely committed doctor. After the Nazis invade Poland, Korczak and his orphans are moved into the newly formed Ghettos where he scrounges for food and vainly tries to protect the children from the violence and famine outside their walls. With a powerful script by Agnieszka Holland, stunning black and white cinematography by Robby Müller and performed with self-immolating intensity by Pszoniak and the phenomenally talented ensemble of child actors, KORCZAK is, as Steven Spielberg wrote, "one of the most important European pictures about the Holocaust."

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How depressing. I don't know if I can take any more of these Holocaust films. I would like to see more films about Jewish life, not just death and persecution. I don't want my tribal identity defined by hitler or the Holocaust. Korczak was a hero, but so were Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg, heroes who celebrated life and freedom. I would rather watch LAST SUMMER WONT HAPPEN (1968) by Peter Gessner.

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How depressing. I don't know if I can take any more of these Holocaust films. I would like to see more films about Jewish life, not just death and persecution. I don't want my tribal identity defined by hitler or the Holocaust. Korczak was a hero, but so were Abbie Hoffman and Allen Ginsberg, heroes who celebrated life and freedom. I would rather watch LAST SUMMER WONT HAPPEN (1968) by Peter Gessner.

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If you didn't like it, why watch it? For me it was uplifting and positive even tho' the subject was grim. A film with more character than one would expect.

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Very good!

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The storytelling and cinematography suggest a much older film, but if you watch closely you will understand the many beautiful and compelling ways that it is modern. It is crushingly sad. I read up about the life and death of Korzak afterward, and it seems that the filmmakers were committed to telling the history without embellishment. The deportation scene (and this is not a spoiler--you know from the get-go that the children will die) is accurate. Watching it will break you.

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A must see for all who think they are '"safe" at this time. This is still happening in many countries to many people.

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A true story, a great man, and a great film maker. Unfortunately the film is not as interesting to me as the subject matter itself. I'm not sure why, but it just didn't engage me the way some stories about the Warsaw ghetto have. In comparison with some of her later works this seems somewhat sophomoric. Nonetheless it is a great story it is a great man and it is a great film maker

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Andrzej Wajda's Korczak (1990) is a film that I just had to quit half way through. I just couldn't make it to the end.

1) This film is just another episode in the NEVER ending sob story about the Holocaust. Frankly, I'm just sick of seeing and hearing about how six million Jews died at the hands of the Nazi's in WWII. Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah! Blah! Are they just going to keep making films, and TV shows, and documentaries about the Holocaust until the story of every single Jewish person who died in the Holocaust is recounted? OK!! I Get It!!! A lot of HORRIBLE things happened to the Jewish people at the hands of the Nazi's!!! Can We Just Get On To Other Things Now??? And every single one of these Jewish Holocaust stories is just another variation of the same tear jerking, drepressing, despairing sob story. I Just Can't Take It Anymore!!!

2) This retelling of the story of Korczak in this film is just unreal. Even given that this film accurately covers all the historical facts, NO ONE could be as good, and saintly, and kind, and generous, and self sacrificing, and uplifting 24/7 like this film makes out this guy to be. I mean the Catholic Church should have beatified this guy and made him the first Jewish saint in Catholic Church history, if you believe this film. This film tried to make a saint out of a regular human being and it just didn't fly for me. Had this film made Korczak look more like a real human being, with some flaws and defects, it would've been much more closer to the historical person of Korczak, and I probably would've viewed the film to its conclusion.

Depressing movie with an ending that probably did not happen.