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General Nil [Region 2] (2009)

Olgierd Lukaszewicz , Olgierd Lukaszewicz , Ryszard Bugajski  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Alicja Jachiewicz, Magdalena Emilianowicz, Anna Cieslak, Zbigniew Stryj
  • Directors: Ryszard Bugajski
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled, Widescreen, Import, Color
  • Language: Polish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Monolith Video
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002Z3NOOO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #476,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Poland released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: it WILL NOT play on standard US DVD player. You need multi-region PAL/NTSC DVD player to view it in USA/Canada. SPOKEN LANGUAGE: POLISH Dolby Digital 5.1; SUBTITLES: ENGLISH; WIDESCREEN 2,35:1; SYNOPSIS: Although World War II ended in 1945, for most people in Poland the challenges of living in peace continued under the new Soviet appointed Communist government. Such is the story of General Fieldorf, the titular character in Ryszard Bugajski's new film General Nil. Fieldorf was hailed as a war hero for his resistance to the Nazis, only to be later vilified by the Communists who took over the country he fought to preserve. Bugajski's depiction of General Fieldorf's fall shows the horror of individual hopelessness against an unjust system, and reminds us of the importance of personal integrity and a sense of right and wrong. Beginning with his exploits during the war and ending with his eventual execution, the story exhibits a family man who always maintained his principals and wouldn't allow political corruption to sway him. Tragically, it was his faith in humankind kept him from believing his own countrymen could be capable of the monstrosities he defended them from. General Nil may be a historical pic in form, but tries to probe into the complexity of human strengths and weaknesses.

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General Nil is a drama about a true Polish patriot. Emil August Fieldorf's life is unquestionably fasinating and this movie shows us just a part of it, mainly durring the 1940s up until his murder by the communists in 1953. What makes this film spectaular is that it is based on a true story and is not merely fiction.

Fieldorf masterminded assinations of high ranking Germans and Polish traitors durring World War II in occupied Warsaw. With the German occupation being replaced by Soviet occupation, Poland was put into a tough situation. Although Nil did not support fighting the Soviets, as he thought it was a useless effort, the Russians saw him as a threat. Fieldorf, along with so many others in the AK (Armia Krajowa or Home Army), were not treated as heroes but as criminals for the crime of defending Poland durring the war.

General Nil is an important film because so many people that are too young to have witnessed the events in post-war Poland are not aware that such inhumanity occurred so recently. Seeing a police state where even the type of music is controlled by the government is eye opening. If one has ever heard comments about the Soviets being just as bad as the Nazis (or worse), this movie shows the reason why. The inhumane treatment at the hands of the Soviets and communist Poles is appalling.

General Nil is directed by Ryszard Bugajski. Bugajski is best known for his masterpiece Przesluchanie (Interrogation), which is a terrifying portrait of Stalinist terror and torture. General Nil is an inspiring and a beautiful tribute to this great man. Although the movie is tragic, it has an amazing story that is absolutely captivating and is a film one must see.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Resistance Betrayed January 11, 2013
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This is a powerful and important film, depicting one of the darkest hours in Poland's long historical clock. Having been sold out by their British and American Allies at Tehran and Yalta, the Iron Curtain that descended on Poland in the aftermath of WWII testified to a repressive communist political presence that was controlled by the Soviet Union. After rigged elections in 1947 resulted in a Polish communist government that was modeled on the totalitarian regime in Moscow, the Moscow-trained Polish President, Boleslaw Bierut, actively sought to quash any, and every, potential political threat, especially anything associated with the Polish government-in-exile that had migrated to London during the war years.

Stalinism was the name of the game, and within the atmosphere of that era's brutal hardline political paranoia, Emil Fieldorf (nom de guerre: General Nil)--one of the many heroes of the Polish anti-Nazi resistance--was arrested, tortured, and ultimately executed in 1953. During the '44 Warsaw Uprising, Fieldorf had been promoted to brigadier general by the Polish military commander (Kasimierz Sosnkowski) of the London-based government-in-exile.

His tragic story reflects the tragedy of a nation where victory's shadow was cruelly sabotaged, and where heroism was turned on its head and prosecuted for treason. Where Poles were arrested by Polish policemen, and Polish hangmen executed Polish patriots ... not because they robbed or raped, but because they'd fought in the Home Army's resistance.
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One of the greatest tragedies of WW11 was the sellout of Poland to Stalin at Yalta by the Allies. The British under Prime Minister Atlee were particularly mean spirited when trying to send their former allies, who saved them at the Battle of Britian, gave them the enigma machine and served in all theatres of the European campaign, to a puppet regime in Poland served by a very ruthless secret police force. Little wonder most, like my father, never went home after the war finished. This film says it all.

The film, General Nil, is essentially an educational film for a generation of Poles denied the true history of their post war Stalinist period. The film tells us the story of a brave resistance leader who refused all pleas to leave the country given that most leaders of the Home Army who bravely fought the Germans were being targeted by the authorities. He hung around trying to live a normal life, but the Polish authorities, taking their orders from Moscow, would have none of that. He was one of many who suffered a show trial for a cruel charge of collaborating with the Germans and then was executed. In 1989 the non-Communist Polish Government finally recognised his WW11 exploits and honoured him in the manner he deserved.
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