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Prewar Warsaw in Film and Photos
July 29, 2009   
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The Historical Museum of Warsaw is holding an exhibition of photographs and scenes from old documentary films about life in the city before World War II.

Prior to Sept. 1, 1939, Warsaw was a busy city with some 70 cinemas, 20 theaters and countless cafes and restaurants. It was home to many literary and artistic groups that were preoccupied with developing new trends in art.

The exhibition, entitled The Last Days of Prewar Warsaw, features scenes from films shot before 1939 and showing the city's buildings and streets, with neon signs and posters designed by artists such as Tadeusz Gronowski and Stefan Osiecki.

Enlarged photographs of people taken in the 1930s by acclaimed photographers Henryk Poddębski and Zofia Chomętowska are displayed against the backdrop of July and August 1939 articles from local newspapers such as Dzień Dobry, Kurier Codzienny, and Tygodnik Ilustrowany.

Open through Sept. 30
Historical Museum of Warsaw, 28/42 Rynek Starego Miasta Sq.
Tue., Thur. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wed., Fri. 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sat.-Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tickets zl.4, free admission Sundays
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