Polish Film No. 5 – Jak Rozpętałem II Wojnę Światową – 1969

The films for today are the three part adventure/war/comedy/epic: Jak Rozpętałem II Wojnę Światową or, in English, How I Unleashed The Second World War. Based on the book by Kazimierz Sławiński, “Przygody kanoniera Dolasa,” the plot follows a young Polish solider, Frank Dolas, throughout the Second World War. It begins with him asleep on a train bound for Berlin. This is, in fact, the last train out of Poland before the Nazis begin their invasion. But Frank is unaware of this; all he knows is that Nazis are the enemy. He starts haphazardly shooting moments before Nazi panzers cross the border. And now, as far as he knows, his blunder has just started the war! Hilarity ensues.

The story is split into three sections:

Część I: Ucieczka (Part I: The escape)
Część II:
Za bronią (Part II: Following the arms)
Część III:
Wśród swoich (Part III: Among friends)

First starting in Germany, Dolas gets captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp. This, obviously, does not last long as he breaks free and tries to get back to Poland to join resistance fighters there. Unfortunately, there is no easy path to Poland through German territory, so Dolas ends up traveling all throughout the European theaters in hopes of being able to effectively fight the Nazi’s. We watch him interact with many European cultures and get a glimpse of how Poles view the rest of the world.

These films are certainly Polish classics, and it’s easy to see why. The films are fun,  family-friendly, but still interesting and humorous enough for older generations. Besides the sheer length of the entire series, there isn’t too much to complain about. It’s definitely worth watching whether your a fan of Polish cinema, or simply a fan of good times in general. I can easily give it a solid 8.0.

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