Completed in 1982, but due to its controversial anti-communist themes, was banned by the Polish government (then under Stalinist rule) for 7 years until 1989 after the disintegration of the Soviet Bloc. See more »
this is mr bugajski's first and only masterpiece a depressive study of an official machine of torture in the stalinist poland and of a stunning will to live of an individual
excellent dark and anxious photography and impressive acting with cannes best actress award winner krystyna janda and underestimated great polish characteristic actor janusz gajos
i've seen it in a small dilapidated post-socialist cinema in my city in the early nineties and it was running as a loud blockbuster here in poland at that time-it was advertised as a 'shelf movie' ('polkownik':)as it was banned for several years in the eighties when poland was ruled by a soviet-backed military junta
i can honestly recommend it-it's a piece of the first-class cinema
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