The Men of the Blue Cross preceded by Destination – Nowa Huta!

  • Andrzej Munk

By the mid-1950s, Munk began to make what he referred to as “dramatized documentaries,” in which he took greater liberties with staging and nonprofessional actors. In The Men of the Blue Cross, considered by some to be his first overtly fictionalized film, actual mountaineers reenact a rescue mission they had carried out in the Tatra Mountains during World War II. Roughly 10 years after the fact, Munk dabbled in the visual compositions of a genre film to recreate some of the rescuers’ most dramatic memories—including their escape from an avalanche and a shootout with German soldiers—using a combination of intricately lit spaces and verité, on-location cinematography.** Restoration by Fixafilm**.

Director

Andrzej Munk

Program Features

13m
Destination – Nowa Huta!

In this deceptively chipper piece of agitprop, a narrator details the laborious construction of Nowa Huta, a utopian city built as one of the few monuments to Poland’s fellowship with the Soviet Union. Restoration by Warsaw Documentary Film Studio (WFDiF).

57m
The Men of the Blue Cross

By the mid-1950s, Munk began to make what he referred to as “dramatized documentaries,” in which he took greater liberties with staging and nonprofessional actors. In The Men of the Blue Cross, considered by some to be his first overtly fictionalized film, actual mountaineers reenact a rescue mission they had carried out in the Tatra Mountains during World War II. Roughly 10 years after the fact, Munk dabbled in the visual compositions of a genre film to recreate some of the rescuers’ most dramatic memories—including their escape from an avalanche and a shootout with German soldiers—using a combination of intricately lit spaces and verité, on-location cinematography. Restoration by Fixafilm.

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