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The Devil (1972)
"Diabel" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror  -  1972 (Poland)
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During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub's fellow ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Malgorzata Braunek ...
Michal Grudzinski ...
Iga Mayr ...
Mother of Jakub
Bozena Miefiodow ...
Monika Niemczyk
Anna Parzonka ...
Sister of Jakub
Wojciech Pszoniak
Wiktor Sadecki
Leszek Teleszynski ...


During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the imprisonment by a stranger who wants in return to obtain a list of Jakub's fellow conspirators. Following his mysterious saviour across the country, Jakub sees the overall chaos and moral corruption including his father's death and his girlfriend's betrayal. Being apparently demented by what he has seen, he commits a number of seemingly motiveless and gory killings. Written by Yuri German <>

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A very twisted and unnecessary film...
27 January 2002 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I caught this film on TV last night, and was appalled by its almost unviewable confronting imagery and savagely uncompromising violence. Being and avid fan of shlock horrors such as Braindead or Romero's "...Dead" series, as well as raw human issue cinema such as was demonstrated in "Apocalypse Now", I found this film to really be an unnecessary excuse for the depiction of human cruelty at its lowest, shrouded in the lame disguise of a historical drama. History was a violent place, and even those who cannot be bothered reading books can see this in rather graphic films about various past periods, such as Braveheart, Gladiator, Cross of Iron, The Wild Bunch and so forth. Even quite brutal films about Polish history (Ogniem I Mieczem, Potop, etc) have proven that stories of people living in the various stages of the country's past can be told with a careful balance of action and excitement, but also beauty and a subtle care exercised towards the characters involved. Films such as these do leave you with various emotions, but ultimately they also achieve a sense of satisfaction in the viewer. "The Devil" on the other hand, does nothing of the sort. It leaves the viewer feeling sick with disgust and an all over feeling of having gained nothing from investing their time into viewing this piece of cinema. Throughout the film we are exposed to very graphically shot sequences of pushing imagery; a woman menstruating onto the snow, a man having his face shot off and then crawling in death throes up a tree branch to die, while his spittles and drools onto his lamenting lover below; a man raping a girl, who proceeds to sever his member off with a razorblade while he is inside of her. The list goes on. I have been involved in the film and storytelling business for half my life, and have spent some time developing special effects and prosthetics, as well as editing edgy and frightening sequences. It takes a lot to phase me. Nonetheless, seeing the acts depicted in this movie I was for the first time in my life left with a genuine feeling of repulsion and urge for regurgitation. The barbarity lived out in this movie through the characters it wields is truly inhuman and in the cases of most filmmakers remains only in the dark recesses of their most twisted imagination's corners. The makers of this film have not only thrown them out in the open, but have had the audacity of using a piece of Poland's truly magnificent history as an excuse to glue them together. This film is a sore on the otherwise wonderful creativity of European cinema. It does for Polish filmmaking what "Caligula" with Malcolm McDowell has done for Hollywood. Disgraceful. No rating.

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