Section: Close Up WWII

Pierwszy Dien Wolnosci

The first Day of Freedom

Aleksander Ford
Poland, 1964, 89 Min

A city in the eastern territories of Germany at the end of the Second World War. The residents flee, only a doctor and his three daughters remain. And end up in the middle of the battles with the advancing Soviet and Polish soldiers in Aleksander Ford's magnificent drama that deals with guilt, responsibility and atonement; a parable about humanity in dark times.

For Inga, a young German, peacetime begins with a rape committed by former Polish forced labourers. With her father, a doctor, and two younger sisters, they are almost the only Germans who did not flee from the advancing Red Army. A pair of Polish officers, both recently escaped from prisoner-of-war camps, also stop at their house. And Jan, the Pole, defends Inga from further attacks. At which point Inga's fiancé, an SS officer, returns to town. And the showdown begins ... Based on the stage play by Leon Kruczkowski, grand old master Aleksander Ford filmed a chamber-drama-like parable about guilt and revenge, atonement and forgiveness. Inclusive of captivating moral debates about the brutality caused by war and the possibility of peaceful coexistence in the future. The nuanced views of the German and Polish characters point to the humanistic credo of the author and director: the preservation of human dignity even at the gates of hell.  RS

Aleksander Ford -

more movies you may be interested in

Unvergessene Geschichten

Unvergessene Geschichten

Neurochlitz - Der Lange Weg Ins Nichts

Neurochlitz - Der Lange Weg Ins Nichts

Shadow Country

Krajina ve stínu

We use cookies on our website. Some of them are essential for the operation of the site, while others help us to improve this site and the user experience (tracking cookies). You can decide for yourself whether you want to allow cookies or not. Please note that if you reject them, you may not be able to use all the functionalities of the site.