Heroism (film)

Heroism (film)

Infobox Film | name = Heroism

caption =
director = Andrzej Munk
producer =
writer = Jerzy Stefan Stawinski
starring =Edward Dziewonski
Tadeusz Lomnicki
Leon Niemczyk
music = Jan Krenz
cinematography = Jerzy Wójcik
editing =
distributor = Film Polski
released = 1958
runtime = 87 min
language = Polish
budget =
imdb_id = 0050359

Heroism (Original title "Eroica") is a 1958 film by Andrzej Munk. It is composed of two separate film novels, each featuring the Polish concept of heroism and a role of a hero.

Eroica won the FIPRESCI Award at the 1959 Mar Del Plata Film Festival.


Scherzo Alla Pollacca

The first part is a bitter, tragicomic story of Dzidziuś, a street-wise bon-vivant, drunkard and coward who unwillingly becomes a soldier in the Home Army during the Warsaw Uprising. Dzidziuś wife Zosia is having an affair with a Hungarian officer stationed nearby, and Dzidziuś is ordered to contact the Hungarian unit and convince the officer to join the battle against the Nazis.

Ostinato Lugubre

The second novel is set in a POW camp for Polish soldiers. Lt. Zawistowski, one of the interned soldiers, decides to make an attempt to escape from the camp. While none of his fellow inmates are sure whether he succeeded, his absence upsets the guards and provides hope and inspiration for the rest of prisoners. Soon his legend grows, making him a hero within the camp and helping to boost the prisoners' morale. However, it turns out that Lt. Zawistowski didn't actually follow through on his escape plans, but is hiding in the attic of one of the barracks. It turns out that he was hiding from his colleagues, whose ostentatious patriotism he simply couldn't stand.


* Edward Dziewoński as Dzidziuś
* Tadeusz Łomnicki as Lt. Zawistowski
* Barbara Połomska as Zosia
* Ignacy Machowski as the Home Army Major
* Leon Niemczyk as the Hungarian officer
* Kazimierz Opaliński as the Home Army commander of Mokotów
* Kazimierz Rudzki as Lt. Turek
* Henryk Bąk as Lt. Krygier
* Roman Kłosowski as Szpakowski
* Bogumił Kobiela as Lt. Dąbecki
* Stanisław Bareja as a Home Army soldier
* Witold Pyrkosz as Kardas
* Wojciech Siemion as Lt. Marianek

See also

*Cinema of Poland
*List of Polish language films

External links

*imdb title|id=0050359|title=Eroica

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