- Title: Polish film director Wajda dies aged 90
- Date: 10th October 2016
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** PHOTOGRAPHERS TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS WAJDA ON RED CARPET RED CARPET WAJDA POSING FOR PHOTOGRAPHS WITH LECH WALESA WARSAW, POLAND (FILE - AUGUST 13, 2013) (REUTERS) EXTERIOR OF FILM STUDIO "AKSON" WAJDA IN HIS OFFICE IN FILM STUDIO FILM SLATE FROM WAJDA'S MOVIE (SOUNDBITE) (Polish) FILM DIRECTOR, ANDRZEJ WAJDA, SAYING: "I'm already an old man, there is no point to wait, I have to do film about Walesa, I thought. It is my duty because no one was interested to take up this."
- Embargoed: 25th October 2016 08:42
- Keywords: Andrzej Wada director Poland Roman Polanski
- Location: VENICE, ITALY / WARSAW, POLAND/ BOCHUM, GERMANY
- City: VENICE, ITALY / WARSAW, POLAND/ BOCHUM, GERMANY
- Country: Poland
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- Story Text: One of Poland's most famous film directors, Andrzej Wajda, died on Sunday night (October 9), at the age of 90.
Fans, film-makers and political leaders went online to pay tribute to the man whose work focused on Poland's culture and history. One of his best-known releases, 1957's "Canal", showed the struggle of the Polish underground army in the Warsaw uprising.
"We all stem from Wajda. We looked at Poland and at ourselves through him. And we understood better. Now it will be more difficult," Poland's former prime minister and the current head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said on social media.
Wajda's 1975 film "The Promised Land", told the story of a Pole, a German and a Jew trying to build a factory in the nineteenth century city of Lodz, now in central Poland.
His 1977 film "Man of Marble" was censored by Communist officials angered by its portrayal of political corruption in the early 1950s Stalinist period, shown through the fall from grace of a Stakhanovite bricklayer.
Wajda received an Academy Honorary Award in 2000 in recognition of five decades of work. His films won a Palme d'Or from the Cannes Film Festival, a Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and four nominations for Academy Awards, among other prizes.
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