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Michal Komar (writer)
Stanislaw Lem (novel)
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Release Date:
28 March 1979 (Poland) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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

Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ... Dr. Rygier
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Katarzyna Ejmont ... Patient
Adam Gessler ... Patient

Anna Jaraczówna ... Patient

Elzbieta Karkoszka ... Patient

Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Patient
Borys Marynowski ... SS Officer

Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz ... Patient
A. Rutkowska
Andrzej Rózycki
Krystyna Sznerr-Mierzejewska ... Patient

Piotr Szulkin ... Composer Jakub
Zdzislaw Szymanski ... Patient

Marcin Tronski ... Dr. Stanislaw Kozlowski (as Marcin Tronski-Szalawski)

Magda Teresa Wójcik ... Nowacki's Wife
Bogdan Lysakowski ... SS Officer (uncredited)
Krzysztof Swietochowski ... Guest at the Party (uncredited)

Andrzej Szenajch ... Guest at the Party (uncredited)

Directed by
Edward Zebrowski 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michal Komar  writer
Stanislaw Lem  novel
Edward Zebrowski  writer

Original Music by
Stanislaw Radwan 
Cinematography by
Witold Sobocinski 
Film Editing by
Urszula Sliwinska 
Production Design by
Tadeusz Wybult 
Set Decoration by
Stanislaw Panfilow 
Costume Design by
Ewa Braun 
Makeup Department
Zygmunt Kazmierski .... makeup artist
Ewa Symko-Marczewska .... assistant makeup artist (as Ewa Symko)
Production Management
Tadeusz Drewno .... production manager
Alina Klobukowska .... unit production manager
Dorota Ostrowska-Orlinska .... unit production manager (as Dorota Ostrowska)
Michal Zablocki .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrzej Domalik .... second unit director
Jacek Dzik .... assistant director
Malgorzata Raszek-Zaliwska .... assistant director (as Malgorzata Raszek)
Teresa Sukniewicz .... assistant director
Michal Szymczyk .... assistant director
Sound Department
Zdzislaw Dominiak .... sound assistant
Andrzej Golonka .... sound assistant
Malgorzata Jaworska .... sound
Józef Stefanski .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Bohdan Borewicz .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Ewa Smal .... assistant editor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Szpital przemienienia" - Poland (original title)
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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Kocham kino (1988)See more »


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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Stanislaw Lem, M.D., 24 September 2001
Author: anagram14 from Zürich, Switzerland

This film was recently shown at the city of Zürich's very own studio cinema and I watched it more for its curiosity value than for anything else. For that, it's definitely worth while, doubly so for anyone with an interest in psychiatry. It's based on Lem's first novel, which he apparently wrote while still a medical research assistant. Though based on a much older book and ostensibly taking place in World War Two, the movie struck me as oddly Seventies, horn-rimmed glasses, idealism and all. It chronicles the experiences of a young doctor starting out in a mental hospital. (Or should I say "asylum"? An almost unbearably inert place. Don't expect E.R. or Wonderland.) Both the patients and the doctors in this crazy world are little more than stereotypes, if sometimes interesting ones - the brilliant but ruthless scientist, the visionary mad composer ("do you hear voices?" - "of course!"), the writer revered as a genius who insists on a right to identity (and madness?), the film's token female, a kind-hearted Jewish emigrée doctor, the engineer fed up with the absurdity of being asked his name over and over again when he knows perfectly well he suffers from memory loss, the arrogant Nazi follower who diagnoses said engineer - wrongly - with schizophrenia, a misdiagnosis so blatant no medical student in the audience will fail to groan, and that our young hero soon puts right. Interestingly, they never use an ophthalmoscope on the poor man until well after the suspicion of a "neoplasma malignum" is voiced. (Too bad this patient hasn't forgotten his Latin.) In the predictable end, the Nazis march in and wreak havoc. This movie has some good scenes, both comic and gruesome (the grave-digging scenes near the end gave me the shivers) and no doubt it's a valuable period piece, but... is the book as one-dimensional, I wonder? If you're interested in historic hospital dramas, read Solzhenitsyn's "Cancer Ward". A truly fine novel, a whale of a book and one of my all-time favourites. Heck, I don't even know if it's ever been filmed.

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