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WARSAW Oct 10 One of Poland's most famous film
directors, Andrzej Wajda, has died at the age of 90.
Fans, film-makers and political leaders went online to pay
tribute to the man whose work focused on Poland's culture and
history. One of his best-known releases, 1957's "Canal", showed
the struggle of the Polish underground army in the Warsaw
"We all stem from Wajda. We looked at Poland and at
ourselves through him. And we understood better. Now it will be
more difficult," Poland's former prime minister and the current
head of the European Council, Donald Tusk, said on social media.
Wajda, who died on Sunday night, received an Academy
Honorary Award in 2000 in recognition of five decades of work.
His films won a Palme d'Or from the Cannes film festival, a
Silver Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival and four
nominations for Academy Awards, among other prizes.
"He was one of the greatest Polish artists, one of the best
known in the world. Poland was his passion," film director and
head of the Polish Filmmakers' Association Jacek Bromski told
"For us, for the community he was a pillar of strength,
everybody gathered around him. He was always present in the life
of the film-making community, he was a mentor, a paragon."
Wajda's 1975 film "The Promised Land", told the story of a
Pole, a German and a Jew trying to build a factory in the
nineteenth century city of Lodz, now in central Poland.
His 1977 film "Man of Marble" was censored by Communist
officials angered by its portrayal of political corruption in
the early 1950s Stalinist period, shown through the fall from
grace of a Stakhanovite bricklayer.
(Reporting by Marcin Goettig; Editing by Andrew Heavens)