SEPTEMBER FILM: 'STRIKE' - documentary (2006)
Dir. Volker Schlöndorff
Strike (click on the title for trailer) is a Polish language film produced by a mainly German group, released in 2006 and directed by Volker Schlöndorff. The film is broadly a docudrama. It covers the formation of Solidarity. The action centers around work and labor organizing in the Lenin Shipyard in Gdańsk, Poland.
posted 9/15: After seeing the movie tonight:
Most of us didn't like the movie much: too simplistic, different truth than we remembered, and overall rather disappointing. But, BUT, very big BUT: most of os who didn't like it that much actually WERE in Poland where it all happened; so perhaps we are just too emotional about it, as it hits us on a gut level.
After we all spewed our bile Krzys, who worked in shipyard in 70s, philosophically noted that we, the Poles, never made a documentary film about Solidarity (except for 1981 Wajda's ' The man of Iron'); it took a German director to look back - a very good question why.
Then another viewer, Paul, who travelled 60 miles to see the movie, and WASN'T there when it happened, announced he thoroughly enjoyed the film: he didn't care about little details (true or not), liked historical perspective the film offered and was struck how labor movement struggles are the same the world over.
Apart from the movie: the bacon/onion lard Iza made for the occasion was awesome with pickles and bread. There was a scene in the movie where the main heroine slathers the bread with something: probably lard... Somebody joked that the wine we had, should have been vodka... oh, well. We also had some great home garden harvest tomatoes and cucumbers + super-delicious discussion.
Below a few related links:
• Volker Schlondorf Wiki-page
• Interview with Volker Shlondorf (Reverse Shoot Blog)
• Slant Magazine 'Strike' film review
posted 9/12: Article in Polityka 'An old friend worse than foe' (in Polish)
Interesting 9/9/10 interview with psychologist, Konrad May, attempting to explain negative emotions between old allies, Solidarity members, who now seem to fight each other. Here is a fragment and google (not very good, but readable) translation:
posted 9/3: 'Strike' it is.
23 votes total:
- Nicos Dyzma - 6 votes
- Decalogue - 3 votes
- Strike - 10 votes
- Secret Garden - 4 votes.
Thank you for voting and see you all at the screening next Wednesday! What would be appropriate potluck food for the occasion? The striking people of Gdansk probably had good old fashioned lard sandwiches... I remember making tons of it with onion and fried apples - my arteries were grateful. Not. But it was sooooo good on the fresh bread. Anybody still has a recipe for lard making? I'll bring the bread and wine - such an occasion, as Hanna said below: '30 years ago some people in Gdansk decided to take a stand', and that is all that really matters, we shall celebrate them!
posted 9/2: the poll ends today, so far it looks like we will be seeing 'Strike'.....