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Hospital of the Transfiguration (1979)

Szpital przemienienia (original title)
The film is set in 1943 in a mental asylum in the country. But this is an unusual hospital: there are several incurable schizophrenic cases, staff is bit strange and a writer has ... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
Piotr Dejmek ...
Stefan
Jerzy Binczycki ...
Engineer Andrzej Nowacki
Henryk Bista ...
Dr. Kauters
Ewa Dalkowska ...
Dr. Nosilewska
Gustaw Holoubek ...
Writer Zygmunt Sekulowski
Zygmunt Hübner ...
Dr. Pajaczkowski (as Zygmunt Hubner)
Ryszard Kotys ...
Józef
Klaus Piontek ...
SS Officer Thiesdorf
Wojciech Pszoniak ...
Dr. Marglewski
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Dr. Rygier
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Katarzyna Ejmont ...
Patient
Adam Gessler ...
Patient
Anna Jaraczówna ...
Patient
Elzbieta Karkoszka ...
Patient
Wladyslaw Kowalski ...
Patient
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The film is set in 1943 in a mental asylum in the country. But this is an unusual hospital: there are several incurable schizophrenic cases, staff is bit strange and a writer has voluntarily entered the clinic because he is "peculiar" and a drug addict. Then the German Gestapo arrives. The commandant asks for the list of patients, sorts out the "Aryan" doctors from the others on a return trip, and herds everyone into trucks for evacuation to the extermination camps. A young doctor momentarily escapes by covering himself under a pile of laundry in the basement, and then escapes to the woods just as the Nazi soldiers appear. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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28 July 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Lem's novel has nothing to do with this movie. It is a deeply philosophical piece even surprising for a young man he was while writing this novel. Of course, a person such as Lem matures quickly during the war. I agree that the movie is dull - too bad it's come to be closely associated with the novel by many people who either don't read much or don't have access to a good translation. Contrary to the movie, the mental ward and its patients in the novel are not the main topic - it is an illustration to the madness of the humanity in general. The novel might be considered as a dialog of the author with himself, which is typical for Lem: his characters are often imbued with his own personality.


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