Is Polish film pop culture?
Probably not. But for our New York readers, Lincoln Center is offering a three-week retrospective of the work of Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski, who is probably best known for his excellent Three Colors Trilogy. It also features the multi-part Decalogue, which is said to be loosely based on the Ten Commandments (sort of like Exile in Guyville is supposed to based on Exile on Main Street, I think) and much earlier work that I don't think is widely available.
I realize how pretentious this sounds, but Kieslowski is one of my favorite directors. It's a shame that he died so young (at age 54 in 1996), because I'm sure he would have made some great movies about the changes in Poland--and Europe in general--in the past 10 years.