Masterpieces of Polish Cinema

Martin Scorsese, one of the most recognised, respected and influential filmmakers in the world, has personally selected 24 films from the history of Polish cinema that he considers to have been an inspiration and an influence on him.

All of these films are showing as part of Eye Openers - see them for just £5 with the Now Then app!

This series of films - which includes titles by Andrzej Wajda,Wojciech J Has, Krzysztof Zanussi, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Tadeusz Konwicki and Jerzy Kawalerowicz - represents the largest presentation of restored Polish cinema ever to have been undertaken: a year-long tour of the US and Canada across some 30 sites has just completed, having been launched at the Lincoln Centre in New York in February 2014.

This is a very special and unique opportunity to see these films, fully restored and often showing for the first time in the UK. We are delighted to bring them to the Showroom.

Scorsese himself says;

'In 2011, I had the opportunity to visit the Polish National Film School in Łódź, Poland, at the invitation of the great director, Andrzej Wajda. It was a trip I had wanted to make for years as I had long been drawn to the school and to Polish cinema from the time I was a film student at NYU, studying under my teacher and mentor, Haig Manoogian. It was at NYU – a school modelled after the legendary film program at Łódź- that I learned not just how films are made, but why.

The school nurtured in me an unshakable belief in artistic expression grounded in Italian Neo-realism, the French New Wave, the surreptitious poetry of the old Hollywood masters, and Polish cinema: the great, sweeping, humanistic, intimate and profound movies that were an integral part of what, looking back, seems more and more like a golden age of international cinema.'

Watch a trailer for the season here

To celebrate the season of classic Polish cinema, we will be selling Tyskie, a classic Polish beer for £3.75 from July 8 and throughout August and September.

Please note: Martin Scorsese’s Masterpieces of Polish Cinema can be enjoyed with no adverts or trailers before the film.  Please arrive before the advertised start time to avoid missing any of the film

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