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The Andrzej Munk Trilogy: Eroica/Bad Luck/Man on the Tracks

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  • Actors: Kazimierz Opalinski, Edward Dziewonski, Bogumil Kobela
  • Directors: Andrzej Munk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Black & White, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: POLART
  • DVD Release Date: June 23, 2009
  • Run Time: 278 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #714,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Munk, a giant of the Polish School of the 1950s, earned his reputation through his highly distinctive style and an uncompromising depiction of the Polish nation. The ANDRZEJ MUNK TRILOGY is an exclusive packaging of his first three feature films.
Man on the Tracks examines the essence of truth when it posits four interpretations for why an old man ended up dead on the train tracks; Eroica offers a bitter yet timeless commentary on the varying notions of heroism and war; and Bad Luck follows the 20-year odyssey of a man caught in the political and social changes in Poland, c. 1930 to 1950s.
Though tragically killed in a 1961 car accident, Munk left behind a legacy of influential and provocative filmmaking.


Andrzej Munk was among the most gifted avatars of the Polish new wave, which emerged from the ashes of a country laboring under Stalinist occupation, its intellectual elite decimated and its cities in ruins. --Village Voice

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Andrzej Munk's films hold an important place in Polish cinema and are classics. Munk's Eroica is a story in two parts. Although the stories are very different they have a few things in common. The stories both take place during World War II and are about heroism.

The first story is about a man who fights in the underground against the Germans. He is a reluctant hero; he doesn't want to do marching drills with the others and takes off for his home. There, he finds his unfaithful wife entertaining a Hungarian officer. The Hungarian offers him a cache of weapons for the underground but he must get official acceptance from the head of the resistance. He comes and goes from Warsaw (no easy task) with his craftiness, albeit complaining and cursing the whole way, which adds a lot of humor to the film. His wise-guy nature and bumbling in and out of a war zone are quite funny. A great example of this would be when a German soldier orders him to carry a bag for an older woman. Because the bag's contents are very heavy, he offers her money to leave behind some of the junk he is forced to carry.

The second story has a much different feeling and was my favorite of the two. The story takes us to a prison camp inside Germany. The Polish prisoners have a new officer join their group and we see how he learns the ways of the camp, including some of their odd mannerisms. The support each other, they disagree with each other, and often talk of the guy who got out. The guy who escaped is their hero and gives them hope. The new officer quickly learns the secret of the getaway.

Although Eroica is probably not of interest to everyone, if you enjoy old black and white war films or classics of Polish cinema, the two stories presented in "Eroica" may interest you.
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