The City of Ruins short film is a 3D spectacle which can be viewed in a 24-seater cinema in the Warsaw Uprising Museum in Warsaw. In a previous blog post you can find out more about the museum itself but for now let's just concentrate on the film. Firstly, you have to buy an extra ticket at the cash desk on top of the museum entrance to enable you to see the film, but it's cheap-costing only 2 zloty extra per person.
After entering the museum, you have to join the queue for the film in the Liberator Hall (or there is a 2D showing in the Liberator replica plane). The queue is quite long and you will probably be standing there for about 30 minutes, so allow about 45 minutes extra if you want to see the film.
The film itself is very short but powerful, shocking and memorable. You fly over the city at the end of the war seeing nothing but ruins and rubble. You fly up the river and only one bridge is intact. Then you fly to presumably the old town, which lies one hundred percent in ruins. The animation is excellent, although you never really get a sense that it is animation because it is hyper realistic. The music is also quite fitting, giving a haunting quality. The only sign of life in the film are a few birds flying low around the rubble. The statistics at the end of the film tell the grim tale of Warsaw's demise. Before the war Warsaw had a population of 1.3 million, after the war there were 900,00 (who fled and then came back) but there were 1,000 people living in the ruins themselves immediately after the devastation.
If you are in Warsaw, make the effort to go to the museum and see this film.
Pictures taken from the Warsaw Uprising Museum. The museum, hailed as one of the best museums in Poland when it opened, is a must visit for any tourist coming to Warsaw or who is interested in WWII. Powerful stuff. In the pictures you can see replicas of a B-52 bomber that dropped supplies over the city and the sewer system where people had to walk through to get to different parts of the city or simply escape.
Jon Green - A British expat in Warsaw (Warszawa)
Blogging, photos and videos about Warsaw. Showcasing the new and the old, the modern versus the abandoned and forgotten and a view of the city you might not otherwise see.
Interested in Polish and English history of World War II? Check my photos of the Wolf's Lair & Hitler's Bunker here