Poland produces about thirty-five feature films a year. Its motion picture industry is owned by the state, which finances production and distribution. It is supervised by the Polish Ministry of Culture and the central Party apparatus and organized into several studio units, usually headed by prominent film directors. Groups of writers and filmmakers are more or less permanently associated with these units.

Ryszard Bugajski’s new film, The Interrogation, was made in Andrzej Wajda’s famous film studio “X” and finished early this year, after a state of war had been imposed in Poland. Its subject is the Stalinist terror in Poland in the early Fifties. The Interrogation shows the plight of an innocent woman—played by Krystyna Janda (the leading actress in Wajda’s Man of Marble and Man of Iron)—caught in the wheels of the secret-police machine. It contains...


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