Magazine March 11, 2019, Issue

Love in the Time of Communism

Joanna Kulig and Tomasz Kot in Cold War (Amazon Studios)

Two of the best movies of the last 20 years have come out of a zone of experience that for half a century was hidden from most Americans: the landscape of Eastern Europe between World War II and the fall of the Berlin Wall. The more famous is The Lives of Others, a portrait of the East German police state in its twilight years, the work of the wonderfully named German director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The other, on a smaller canvas, is the black-and-white film Ida, by the Polish filmmaker Pawel Pawlikowski, which follows a young soon-to-be-nun in early-1960s

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