Landscape After the Battle

Landscape After the Battle (Polish: Krajobraz po bitwie) is a 1970 Polish drama film directed by Andrzej Wajda and starring Daniel Olbrychski; telling a story of a Nazi German concentration camp survivor soon after liberation, residing in a DP camp somewhere in Germany. It is based on the writings of Holocaust survivor and Polish author Tadeusz Borowski.[1] In most part, the plot revolves around the events depicted in Borowski's short story called "Bitwa pod Grunwaldem" ("The Battle of Grunwald")[2] from his collection This Way for the Gas, Ladies and Gentlemen. The film was entered into the 1970 Cannes Film Festival.[3]

Landscape After the Battle
DVD release poster
Directed byAndrzej Wajda
Written byTadeusz Borowski
Andrzej Brzozowski
Andrzej Wajda
StarringDaniel Olbrychski
CinematographyZygmunt Samosiuk
Edited byHalina Prugar-Ketling
Release date
  • 8 September 1970 (1970-09-08)
Running time
101 minutes


The Landscape After the Battle film tells a story of two young concentration camp survivors. In the opening sequence, Vivaldi's “Autumn” can be heard while the prisoners are liberated. A young Polish poet, Tadeusz, is asked by a pretty Jewish girl, Nina, to go with her to the West. His camp experience, however, prevents him from realizing the depth of her love for him, and he is reluctant to commit. Nina is accidentally shot dead by an American soldier, causing Tadeusz to cry for the first time in years. The shock of her death brings back the world of feelings suppressed by his Nazi captors, and allows for his original creativity to reemerge. The credits appear to the sound of Vivaldi's “Winter”.



  1. Vincent Canby (5 January 2010). "New York Times Review: Landscape After the Battle". NY Times. Retrieved 24 August 2008.
  2. Tadeusz Borowski, "Bitwa pod Grunwaldem" (in Polish)
  3. "Festival de Cannes: Landscape After the Battle". Retrieved 10 April 2009.
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