Original / alternative title: Umarłem, aby żyć
Categories: resistance movies
Running time: 90 minutes
True story of Polish resistance member arrested by Germans in Warsaw. Tortured by Gestapo he wanted to die, but instead of helping him the resistance tried to get him out of the prison.
In 1941 Leopold Wojcik, cryptographer in Polish resistance, was arrested in one of the Warsaw cafes. Germans found music notes with him, which they already suspected might be used by the resistance to encrypt the messages. They put Wojcik in Pawiak, infamous Gestapo prison in Warsaw, where tortured he would reveal the secrets. They searched his flat, that he shares with his mother, Maria, they took all the music notes they found, but were unable to find any documents that would link Wojcik and the resistance. Beaten up and kept in awful conditions Leopold broke down and in order to save other resistance members from being exposed he asks the doctor attending him in Pawiak to give him poison. Unable to help him the doctor passes the message to resistance. Meanwhile the Wojcik’s mother tries to find any contact with the resistance to ask them if they could save her son from Pawiak, but since Germans may follow her they resistance tries to discourage her. They realize she will bring the attention of Gestapo on their activities, so they try to find the solution to the Wojcik case.
Film based on a true story of Stanislaw Miedza-Tomaszewski, member of Polish resistance, who was arrested and tortured by Gestapo in 1941. While in the infamous Pawiak prison he asked resistance to help him kill himself, but they came up with another plan to help him. Like most of the true stories this one is quite interesting and involving, even though the quality of the footage and sounds are rather poor (like most of Polish films from 1980s).
Our rating: 6.4 / 10
Film value: 5 / 10
Realism factor: 4 / 5
Adventure factor: 2 / 5
Historical accuracy factor: 5 / 5
War films are not always showing the war per se - often the main theme is the influence of the conflict on lives of people involved, but also their families and friends. War is seldom a local thing - the trauma, the pain, the death they put their mark on people from around the world.
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