Bonanza! Thousands of classic Polish films made available online for free
Thousands of classic Polish films including famous works by renowned Polish directors Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Skolimowski and Krzysztof Kieślowski, are being made available online for free.
The initiative entitled 35mm.online between the Polish Film Institute and one of Poland’s oldest film studios, Wytwόrnia Filmόw Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych (WFDiF), (Documentary and Feature Film Studios) aims to secure Poland’s film heritage for future generations by digitally reconstructing and digitizing a wide variety of historic films.
The collection of nearly 4,000 films includes 160 feature films, 71 documentaries, 474 animated films, and 10 feature length animations.
In addition to classics such as Wajda’s ‘Man of Marble’ and ‘Man of Iron’ and Kieślowski’s well known ‘Three Colours’ trilogy, there are examples of Polish pop culture such as the cult intergenerational children’s television series ‘Reksio’ screened from the late 1960s to the 1990s.
Also available are 3,108 unique episodes of the Polish Film Chronicle, which were 10-minute long newsreels shown in Polish cinemas before the main film in the years 1944-1995.
The project’s website said: “The 35mm.online platform presents the wealth of Polish cinematography, offering users artistically, educationally and historically valuable outputs of Polish cinematography as well as offering films present in the wider pop culture consciousness.”
The films will also be available to view via a phone app for both Andrioid and iOS and an Android app for Smart TVs.
The 35mm.online project was co-financed by funds from the EU’s Regional Development Programme and the Polish Ministry of Culture.
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