Tuesday, September 25, 2012

DVD RELEASE: Andrzej Wajda’s Korczak

   Kino Lorber and the Polish Cultural Institute New York present the American DVD and Blu-ray release of the 1990 black and white film Korczak about Henryk Goldszmit  (1878-1942) – a Polish icon in the 1930s through his writings, teachings, and radio programs for children and a champion of children’s rights, under the pseudonym of Janusz Korczak. When a a group of 200 of his orphaned wards and staff from his Warsaw orphanage were to be deported to the gas chambers of Treblinka, he refused to abandon them, and with them he died in the Holocaust.
   Directed by Academy Award winning director Andrzej Wajda with a screenplay by Agnieszka Holland, the film features a riveting performance by Wojciech Pszoniak.  Many have identified Korczak as an inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List, and its influence is unmistakable, and Spielberg wrote that it is "one of the most important European pictures about the Holocaust."  Available at:  www.kinolorber.com.