Synopsis: Using radically refashioned archival footage of the Warsaw ghetto, this interview with Jon Avnet the director of Uprising talks about Marek Edelman who is an evocative memoir of his role in the rebellion that held back the Nazis for almost a month in 1943. The film begins with the growing list of prohibitions and regulations leading to the virtual imprisonment of about half-a-million Polish Jews in an old slum district of Warsaw with inadequate space and plumbing. An overhead tracking shot shows the number of people assembled in the first months of the relocation. The daily struggle against hunger and disease, especially among the dispossessed arrivals seen in their pitful rags, is aggravated by the German demands for "deportations to the east" that many begin to suspect are camouflaged mass murders. By the close of 1942, people living in the ghetto realize they are doomed, and the rudiments of resistance are planned by a handful of the young, including Edelman. Following some sporadic
Genre: Drama, War
Director(s): Jon Avnet
  Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 16 nominations.
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177 min

Such a boy.

Kazik, speak to me.

Let's get out of here.

No stinking Jews in my line.

The bread is for Poles

on the Aryan side, not Jews.

Go to your side! Go to the Ghetto!

Officer, I am a veteran

of the Polish armed services.

Then you're a fighter?

Mordechai Anielewicz?

You're wanted for work detail.

Let's go.

Work detail? Where?

Who knows? What's the difference?

All Jews ordered to report.

How will I know what to wear?

Don't get smart. Put on a shirt.

Let's get moving.

This work detail. It wouldn't by

any chance be a German work detail?

-I warned you--

-Because I only work for my people.

Now, move!

You, a Jewish policeman,

are a traitor to your people.

For this alone, I should kill you.

But often I ask myself the following:

Can a moral man, that's me...

...maintain his moral code

in an immoral world?

Does this question interest you?

Get out of here before I hurt you.

Papa, why are so many people

moving here?

Just be glad you've

got the bread, Tosia.

Take off your hat.

No, thank you.

I said, take off your hat.

Hurry up!

What's the matter with you?

I take off my hat for myself,

Yitzhak. For nobody else.

What now?

Please, stop.

-Let go. No.

-Please, stop.

Please. Please, stop.

He's my grandson, David.

They're bastards. They create

a Jewish police force for their dirty work...

...unless, of course, they feel like

having some fun themselves.

Of course, divide and conquer.

What is next?


What are you doing with this fancy car?

-Driving, if you hadn't noticed.

-What did you do? Did you steal it?

Now, Mordechai,

why would I steal what I can have for free?

What scheme are you up to now?

I am the official driver

for Adam Czerniakow.

The head of the Jewish Council.

That's who I am here to pick up

as we speak. Traffic permitting.

You can help us set up a meeting

with your boss Czerniakow.

If I did that, as his driver,

I'd put my position at risk.

If you don't, you'll be helping the Germans.

This doesn't worry you at all,

aiding the enemy?

I'd worry more if I couldn't feed myself

and what remains of my family.

Never mind how we deal

with the Jewish police.

Never mind how we deal

with schooling the children.

-We all have--

-We don't want Kazik to lose his job.

I wish you well.

Mira has contacted some sympathizers

at the border...

...who said they might be able

to get some of our students out of Poland.

But it has to be right away.

What do you think?

If you can get them out of Poland

and to Palestine...

...then I would do it at once,

before the opportunity is lost.

Yeah. I think you're right.

-Wish me luck.


Captain Szerynski, you're

taking these boys illegally.

All Jewish men between the age of 12

to 60 are decreed to perform forced labor.

-Did you examine their documents?

-And you are?

Yitzhak Zuckerman, their teacher.

Look at their documents.

They are legally exempt from forced labor.

Yes, they are, aren't they?

Today, everyone works, Zuckerman.

See that Zuckerman gets the opportunity

to work as well.

-Hello, everyone. Take your seats, please.


-Yes, Julian.

-I understand....

We understand we might be leaving for

Palestine through Romania, any day now.

-What do you know about this?

-Where did you hear this?


-Rumor from where?

-Rumor mill.

Rumor mill.


I have to leave immediately today...

...but I hope to return very soon

and address this nasty rumor.

In the meantime, taking my place

for today's lesson, I have a special treat.

A renowned scholar and rumormonger...

...Mr. Julian Wald.

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Paul Brickman

Paul Brickman (born April 23, 1949) is an American screenwriter and film director. He is best known for the film Risky Business, which he wrote and directed. more…

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