How I Unleashed World War II

How I Unleashed World War II (Polish Jak rozpętałem drugą wojnę światową) is a Polish feature film made in 1969, based on Kazimierz Sławiński's novel "Przygody kanoniera Dolasa" (The adventures of Dolas the cannoneer). It was shot in Sochi, Baku, Poświętne and Łódź, among other places.

How I Unleashed World War II
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Polish DVD cover
Directed byTadeusz Chemielewski
Produced byLudgierd Romanis
Written byTadeusz Chmielewski
StarringMarian Kociniak
Music byJerzy Matuszkiewicz
CinematographyJerzy Stawicki
Edited byJanina Niedźwiecka
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Release date
2 April 1970
Running time
224 min.
CountryPoland
LanguagePolish, German, Serbo-Croat, Greek, English, French, Italian, Russian
Franek Dolas' route

The film was divided into three parts:

  • Część I: Ucieczka (Part I: The escape)
  • Część II: Za bronią (Part II: Following the arms)
  • Część III: Wśród swoich (Part III: Among friends)

Originally black and white, it was digitally colorized in 2001 by the Hollywood company Dynacs Digital Studios, as requested by the Studio Filmowe "Oko" and TV Polsat.[citation needed]

The movie tells the story of a Polish soldier Franciszek Dolas, who - as a result of comical coincidences - is convinced that he started the Second World War. Trying to redeem himself at all costs, he constantly gets into new trouble. In doing so, he finds himself on different war fronts (Yugoslavia, Mediterranean Sea, Near East, Italy) and eventually returns to Poland.

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