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Bad Luck (1960)

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The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of ... See full summary »

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Jan Piszczyk
Maria Ciesielska ...
Basia
Helena Dabrowska ...
Wychówna
Barbara Lass ...
Jola Wrona-Wronska (as Barbara Kwiatkowska)
Krystyna Karkowska ...
Wrona-Wronska
Barbara Polomska ...
Zosia Jelonkowa
Irena Stalonczyk ...
Irena Kropaczynska
Tadeusz Bartosik ...
Wasik
Henryk Bak ...
Director
Mariusz Dmochowski ...
UB Officer
Aleksander Dzwonkowski ...
Cezary Piszczyk
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Jelonek
Tadeusz Janczar ...
Ens. Sawicki
Stanislaw Jaworski ...
Watchmaker
Andrzej Krasicki ...
Witold Kropaczynski
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The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope with a changing world which seems to have no place for him. He has no consciousness of any kind but is always on the verge of turning into a more coherent human being, only to be slapped down. It begins with the hero's childhood. Then comes the first love marred by his unwilling involvement in fascict politics, him being taken for a Jew because of his nose. Later he decides to join the army to charm the girl, but arrives too late for any fighting. He is arrested by entering German troops while he dresses in officer's uniform and mistakenly sent to POW camp as an officer. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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4 April 1960 (Poland)  »

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Music by Andrzej Markowski
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A Hapless Moral Imbecile For All Seasons
29 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If we are lucky in our youth we will meet someone whose tale of woe, of rotten luck, of good work gone for nothing reveals itself to be a consequence of self-absorbed indifference to the true lives of others.

Piszczyk tells his own story. At the outset we know he is in prison and wants to stay there. For the 108 minutes (in the Polart DVD) of Munk's farce, Piszczyk, a Harry Langdon character for all Munk's chaplinesquerie, unwittingly persuades us his bad luck is a direct consequence of his moral cowardice. From his childhood in prewar, protofascist Poland through middle age in Stalinist Poland, he hasn't a clue beyond his own immediate safety and gratification.

Piszczyk stumbles through the worst atrocities of European history without compassion, encountering the Good and the Bad, the Noble and the Ignoble, oblivious to consequence, ready to be used indiscriminately by anyone who offers him any form of reward. The sooner in life we meet such people the better our chances of escaping their fate.

Most importantly, Munk makes us laugh at him, monster though he is.


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