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Agent#1 - Agent nr 1 DVD
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The adventures of real-life Polish spy and war hero Jerzy Szajnowicz-Iwanow are brought to the big screen in this gripping action drama from renowned screenwriter Aleksander Scibor-Rylski (Man of Iron) and director Zbigniew Kuzminski (On the Banks of the Niemen). One of the few films to chronicle the history of Polish soldiers fighting in WWII, Agent #1 follows the trail of Szajnowicz-Iwanow in German-occupied Greece. Film opowiada o zyciu slynnego agenta, Jerzego Szajnowicza-Iwanowa. Ten czlowiek, ktory spedzal sen z oczu Niemcow urodzil sie w Polsce, w polsko-rosyjskiej rodzinie. Jako kilkuletni chlopiec wyjechal wraz z matka do Grecji. Biegle opanowal kilka jezykow. Studiowal na zachodnich uczelniach. Kiedy wybuch la wojna chcial walczyc w polskim wojsku. Nie przyjeto go jednak do niego. Zaciagnal sie wiec do wywiadu brytyjskiego. Po przeszkoleniu wrocil do Grecji, gdzie przeprowadzil wiele akcji dywersyjnych. Byl odwazny, nie bal sie ryzyka. Przytwierdzal miny do okretow niemieckich, przekazywal wywiadowi angielskiemu wiele waznych informacji na temat wroga. Za jego glowe Niemcy wyznaczyli nagrode. Mimo, ze dwukrotnie zostal zlapany udawalo mu sie uciec. Do pewnego czasu .... Cast: Karol Strasburger, Monika Solubianka, Stojczo Mazgalow.

Directed by Zbigniew Kuzminski.

1972, Color, 97 mins.

In Polish with English Subtitles.

 

 


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Glenn Erickson - 05/01/2008 3 of 5 Stars!
This Soviet-bloc espionage film recounts the true-life exploits of a Polish spy in WW2. His adventures aren't very exciting despite the fact that he is constantly slipping away from the Nazis and single-handedly pulling off astoundingly successful sabotage raids. Agent nr 1 is called Agent #1 in some handouts and just plain Agent 1 on this disc's box cover. Handsome Karol Strasburger is Jerzy Szajnowicz-Iwanow (Ivanov in the subtitles), a dauntless young man with a Polish, Russian and Greek background. When Warsaw falls he somehow smuggles himself into Greece, contacts the English and tries to join the Allied Carpathian Brigade, a volunteer force of anti-Fascist fighters from occupied countries. But Jerzy's papers are not in order, so the regular Army keeps him sidelined. He waits in a refugee camp until the British secret service contacts him. With his language skills, Jerzy is the perfect candidate to lead a group of spies and saboteurs in Greece. He'll just have to be careful while traveling under an assumed name, as his mother is still alive and living in Salonika. A few minutes later Jerzy is ashore in Greece, organizing his spy ring. A friend in a monastery offers clandestine aid while other contacts arrange safe houses in and around Athens. The rest of the film is a series of standard fifth-column exploits. Jerzy sends messages back on a secret radio, and blows up the radio-detector trucks sent by the Germans. He organizes mass sabotage and appears to carry most of it out himself, destroying fuel-oil farms and Axis shipping waiting close to shore. Jerzy's favorite trick is to personally swim out to a ship with a large demolition mine strapped to his body, attach it, and then swim away. Naturally, the German forces put on the pressure and Jerzy's team of spies is soon whittled down to just a few, including his new girlfriend Gabriela (Monika Solubianka). Jerzy has been caught once and escaped but the Germans eventually recapture him, along with Gabriela and another loyal friend. They might trade Jerzy to the British for a German general, but what about his girlfriend? Even with help inside the prison, escape doesn't seem to be in the cards. What might read like an exciting spy caper really isn't, for several reasons. The script just lays the action out in a linear fashion, generating little tension as Jerzy pulls off one miracle of sabotage after another. It seems ridiculously easy for Jerzy to simply run into an oil field, leave bombs no bigger than pocketbooks and run out again. When he's caught (an old friend turns out to be a double-agent) Jerzy is beaten terribly but manages to escape. It may be the fault of the English subtitles, but there seem to be no deeper themes or subplots -- Jerzy just soldiers through, showing his handsome face to the camera at all times. That might not be bad except that Agent nr 1 is filmed in a style that can be best described as headache-inducing. Most scenes use a telephoto zoom lens, panning rapidly across backgrounds. Only occasionally does the camera stand still or settle on a scene wider than a medium shot. There are also many hand-held point-of-view shots of people running, several of which dash through the Acropolis or some other Greek ruin. Large scenes are splintered into details seen through a long lens. The North African training camp, for instance, is pictured mostly with isolated images of rifle barrels with bayonets, or marching feet. Entire major skirmishes between groups of armed men go by in rushed montages of blurry details. It's very annoying. When Jerzy's pyrotechnics explode we're treated to held takes on unconvincing miniatures. One little mousetrap-sized charge blows a truck sky high, and one land mine appears to sink an entire fleet of cargo ships.. Winning the war isn't this easy in a Donald Duck cartoon. A group of able actors struggles within a fragmented shooting style that makes it difficult to keep faces and names straight. The British want Jerzy pulled out because he's too well known to continue, but he presses on just the same. If most other details are confusing, it's because we have a hard time understanding what anyone else is doing in the picture.
Richard J.Brzostek - 05/01/2007 4 of 5 Stars!
This guy is good with explosives, September 17, 2006 During World War II, Polish solders fought throughout Europe. "Agent #1" (1972) is the story of a half-Russian/half-Polish man stationed in Greece on a special mission to monitor activities of Nazi and Italian forces and destroy any targets that could be a threat to the allies. Fluent at several languages, he is the perfect man for the job. Our hero, code named Agent #1, is good with explosives. We see him in action blowing up boats and always on the run from the Germans. Although he does not act alone on his missions, because he is so successful, he gets most of the credit for his groups exploits. The action and suspense builds as the film progresses. What makes this movie different from other World War II films is its Greek venue. Some of the scenes have ancient Greek structures in the background, giving them an eerie look. If you enjoy action/war movies, "Agent #1" is sure to entertain you and provide a story that is a bit different.
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