Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 57 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: August 14, 2012
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: Trailers
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.66
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Los Angeles Times - 06/26/1991
"...KORCZAK gets under way with a briskness, sprinkled with a welcome wry, absurdist humor, that is sustained throughout its near two-hour running time..."'
Chicago Sun-Times - 04/24/1992
"...Haunting and heartbreaking....KORCZAK vents its emotions not with howls of anger but cold, mournful whispers and Jewish pride..."
Sight and Sound - 11/01/2012
"The film about the most defiant and heroic Pole of the WWII years leaves behind a devastating sense of hopelessness, of watching evil easily win, on a cosmic scale if only for the time being."
Wojtech Pszoniak stars in Andrzej Wajda's biographical paean to renowned humanitarian Henryk Goldzmit, who wrote under the name Janusz Korczak. The film opens in the late 1930s with pediatrician, writer, teacher, and radio personality Korczak working as the administrator of an orphanage in the slums of Warsaw. When the Nazis invade Poland, move Korczak and his Jewish charges into the ghetto, and begin shipping cattle cars full of adult Jews to Treblinka, the doctor does everything in his power to try to protect the children from the uglier aspects of the ominous quarantine. Friends and well-wishers urge Korczak to leave the children to their fate and save himself, but the dedicated doctor adamantly refuses, demonstrating a dedication to the children that knows no bounds. Pszoniak is superb in this affecting portrait, which is austerely photographed in black and white by the gifted German cinematographer Robby Müller.
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World War II
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