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The Devil (1972)

Diabel (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, History, Horror | March 1988 (Poland)
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 his fellow ... See full summary »


Andrzej Zulawski
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview:
Leszek Teleszynski ... Jakub
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Diabel / Wybawca Jakuba-Jakub's savior
Malgorzata Braunek ... Narzeczona Jakuba / Jakuba's fiancee
Iga Mayr ... Matka Jakuba / Jakuba's mother
Anna Parzonka Anna Parzonka ... Siostra Jakuba / Jakub's sister
Michal Grudzinski Michal Grudzinski ... Ezechiel
Maciej Englert ... Hrabia / pan mlody-groom
Monika Niemczyk ... Zakonnica / Nun
Bozena Miefiodow Bozena Miefiodow ... Turecka aktorka / Turkish actress
Wiktor Sadecki ... Herz / Theatre owner
Lukasz Zulawski Lukasz Zulawski ... Aktor
Jerzy Zygmunt Nowak ... Kamerdyner
Eugeniusz Priwieziencew ... Kompan
Marian Zdenicki Marian Zdenicki ... Karzel / Dwarf


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 his fellow conspirators. Following his mysterious savior across the country, Jakub sees the overall chaos and moral corruption including his father's death and the betrayal of his friend who stole his fiancee. Being apparently demented by what he has seen, he commits a number of seemingly motiveless and gory killings. Written by Yuri German <blsidt1@imf.org>

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A whole lot of screaming and pushing....and nothing else.
24 May 2011 | by glyptotequeSee all my reviews

I thought "Possession" was a brilliant feat of surreality, the absolutely dis-harmonic atmosphere in that film was amazing. So what about Diabel then? Does it deserve being lauded with praise? In my humble opinion, not at all. First of all, the story the filmmaker is trying to tell here is inanely boring in itself ( who f**king cares about the plight of the polish unless you happen to be polish yourself? ). Second it does not help masking it up in code and symbolic speech, does not make it more interesting to watch, just more pretentious. Third, the actors felt like no more than empty props, vacant carriers existing only as receptacles for the underlying message, spouting a pompous, quasi-philosophical dialog, displaying a never ending theatrical behavior which was nauseating. Last, but by no means least, the so called violence on display here was meek, nothing to write home about. In short, if you want an absolute bore-fest; a whole lot of screaming and pushing, flailing of arms and legs, and violence that your Christian grandmother safely could watch, then this is the film for you. What a bucket full of pretentious p**s!!!

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March 1988 (Poland) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Bagno, Dolnoslaskie, Poland See more »

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1.66 : 1
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