New 3D film recreates Warsaw after 1944 uprising

Fri Aug 6, 2010 5:57am EDT
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By Piotr Pilat

WARSAW (Reuters Life!) - Visitors to the Museum of the Warsaw Uprising will now be able to grasp the scale of devastation inflicted on the Polish capital by Nazi German forces in World War Two with the help of a 3D film.

Adolf Hitler brutally suppressed the 1944 uprising, reducing the once-elegant, bustling city of 1.3 million to a burning shell whose ruins sheltered fewer than 1,000 people.

The six-minute film "City of Ruins" simulates the flight of an allied B-25 bomber of the type that flew sorties with supplies for the insurgents during their 63 days of struggle that have become a symbol of Poland's resistance to tyranny.

Using historical images and records, it recreates a detailed city model as it was after the uprising, with bridges across the Vistula River destroyed and whole districts including the Jewish Ghetto completely leveled.

"The film City of Ruins was made because we couldn't use words and black and white photographs to describe what Warsaw looked like at the beginning of 1945," said Jan Oldakowski, director of the museum.

"When we met guests from abroad, we felt they don't understand, that they consider scenes from (Roman Polanski's movie) "The Pianist" when the pianist Szpilman walks through destroyed Warsaw as a beautiful artistic metaphor, not reality."

The release of the film, which is intended to be viewed with 3D glasses, is timed to coincide with the 66th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Uprising on August 1, 1944.

Most of the destruction of the city resulted from the German army's revenge for the uprising against their brutal rule.   Continued...