Korczak (film)


Monument in Warsaw
Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Produced by Janusz Morgenstern
Daniel Toscan du Plantier
Regina Ziegler
Written by Agnieszka Holland
Starring Wojciech Pszoniak
Ewa Dałkowska
Music by Wojciech Kilar
Cinematography Robby Müller
Edited by Ewa Smal
Release dates
  • 6 May 1990 (1990-05-06)
Running time
113 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Korczak, is a 1990 film by Andrzej Wajda shot in black-and-white, about Polish-Jewish humanitarian Janusz Korczak. It was screened out of competition at the 1990 Cannes Film Festival.[1] The film was selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 63rd Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[2]


Among the strongest defendants of the epic was Marek Edelman, the Polish Jew who survived the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. Wajda himself, saw the idea of showing the children being led into the Treblinka gas chambers as unnecessary addition of tearjerking moments.[3][4] Annette Insdorf, a film scholar and strong supporter of Wajda, considers Korczak to be a masterpiece alongside Wajda's own Ashes and Diamonds, in her commentary of Criterion Collection's DVD release of Wajda's War Trilogy.


See also


  1. "Festival de Cannes: Korczak". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  2. Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
  3. http://www.wajda.pl/en/filmy/film29.html. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. Ewa Mazierska (June 15, 2007). "Adapt to Survive and Express Oneself" (Google books preview). The Cinema of a Cultural Traveller. I.B.Tauris. pp. 157–158. Retrieved February 16, 2013.

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