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“Warsaw Uprising” is a film made entirely from documentary materials of the original chronicles.
It tells the story of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944 through the eyes of a US airman, escaper from the Nazi Stalag camp and two young reporters, cameramen for the Bureau of Information and Propaganda of the Polish Home Army. Their mission: documenting the Uprising by shooting newsreels for the “Palladium” cinema. Looking for the right shots, they go deeper and deeper – literally and figuratively – into the heart of the Uprising. Traumatic truth becomes obvious. Aware of being witnesses of indescribable events, they realize their duties: to document them and preserve the rolls of film at any cost…
“Warsaw Uprising” is a 87-minute film, made of completely restored, colorized archive footage, which shows the Warsaw Uprising in an extremely touching way, and Uprising with unparalleled realism.
Six hours of original newsreel footage from the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, six months of work, a team of militaria, clothing and architecture consultants, urban planners, Warsaw experts and historians, 1000 hours of color editing, 1,200 shots, 1440 hours of colorization and reconstruction, 112,000 selected frames, 648,000 minutes of film frames reconstruction, 22,971,520 megabytes of data – these are only a few numbers which help appreciate the enormous effort and means dedicated to “Warsaw Uprising”.
“Warsaw Uprising” came into being thanks to the Warsaw Uprising Museum and Piotr C. Śliwowski, Head of the History Department at the Museum.
Jan Komasa, the director, came up with the idea for this original storyline. Dialogues were written by Joanna Pawluśkiewicz, Michał Sufin and Władysław Pasikowski. Actors enlisted for the project included: Jeff Burrell, Piotr Adamczyk, Józef Pawłowski. Their voices can be heard in the film. Colorizing work was supervised by a renowned Polish cameraman Piotr Sobociński Jr. Screenwriting was done collectively by Jan Ołdakowski, Piotr C. Śliwowski and Joanna Pawluśkiewicz while Joanna Brühl and Milenia Fiedler served as editors. The music was composed by Bartosz Chajdecki. Bartosz Putkiewcz, Kacper Habisiak and Marcin Kasiński were responsible for providing sound for what had been, until now, a completely silent documentary material.