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Cold War 2018

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Cinematography is a big part of Cold War, the story moves through stunning shots of the Polish countryside and later on an incredibly delicate portrait of Paris. All of that would be a waste if you watch it on an iPhone, so I really recommend watching this on as big of a screen as you can get your hands on.

In 1950s Cold War Poland, a band of folk musicians find themselves used as a tool for Soviet propaganda. Their travel through the country is hijacked by this agenda, but it remains an incredible journey. It goes through different seasons and aesthetics uncovering lost Polish songs and poems.

The leader of the band falls in love with one of the dancers, and the limits imposed on the couple under communist rule make them seek alternatives. Cold War is a statement on how far artists go for their art, especially when they become constrained not only by politics but by romance.

It’s a poetic yet quiet movie that doesn’t scream its point but rather invites you to come to your own conclusions.

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So beautiful. The cinematography was better than most films I’ve seen in years. The actors are beautiful. The music is beautiful. The story is beautiful. Very well done. Glad I watched it alone without distractions.


Oh…superb look at the troubles behind the Iron Curtain, where art and State clash and collude in a sad performance that crushes the soul. So good.


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    India, Germany
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  • Genre

  • Starring

    Borys Szyc, Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot
  • Directed by

    Paweł Pawlikowski
  • Written by

    Pawel Pawlikowski
  • Runtime

    88 minutes