7.0/10
386
2 user 3 critic
Set in the 19th century Warsaw. The indolence of aristocrats who, secure with their pensions, are too lazy to undertake new business risks, frustrates Wokulski. His ability to make money is... See full summary »

Director:

Wojciech Has

Writers:

Wojciech Has, Boleslaw Prus (novel)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Pawel and Lidka are from different worlds but they somehow meet each other in a night club. He's a young lad from a wealthy family, she's an attractive dancer. They fall in love and go out of town but their happiness doesn't last long.

Director: Wojciech Has
Stars: Maria Wachowiak, Tadeusz Janczar, Gustaw Holoubek
The Deluge (1974)
Adventure | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Malgorzata Braunek, Tadeusz Lomnicki
Znachor (1982)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Abandoned by his wife and daughter, a famous surgeon starts drinking, hurts his head and loses his memory. His medical knowledge gradually resurfaces and he becomes a village healer, not remembering who he is.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Stars: Jerzy Binczycki, Anna Dymna, Tomasz Stockinger
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell.

Director: Wojciech Has
Stars: Zbigniew Cybulski, Iga Cembrzynska, Elzbieta Czyzewska
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Józef visits his dying father at a remote mental institution, where time itself doesn't seem to exist, and the line between dreams and memories becomes indistinguishable.

Director: Wojciech Has
Stars: Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Kondrat, Irena Orska
Wesele (1973)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set at the turn of the century, the story concerns a Polish poet living in Cracow who has decided to marry a peasant girl. The wedding is attended by a heterogenous group of people from all... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Marek Walczewski, Izabella Olszewska, Ewa Zietek
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

An actress travels from Warsaw to Paris and during the trip reflects on the last few years of her life. It goes back to the German occupation and her hiding of a fellow actor who has ... See full summary »

Director: Wojciech Has
Stars: Barbara Krafftówna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Artur Mlodnicki
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

The adventures of unlucky Polish soldier Franek Dolas during world war II. In September he escapes from Stalag and goes to France. After that he fights in Africa and Europe.

Director: Tadeusz Chmielewski
Stars: Marian Kociniak, Janina Boronska, Adam Cyprian
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A dream-like odyssey of a young man across plague-ridden 16th century Germany.

Director: Wojciech Has
Stars: Rafal Wieczynski, Michael Lonsdale, Adrianna Biedrzynska
Adventure | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1668 Polish colonel Michael Wolodyjowski, who recently retired to a monastery, is recalled to active duty and takes charge of Poland's eastern frontier defenses against invading Tatar hordes and Ottoman armies.

Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Stars: Tadeusz Lomnicki, Magdalena Zawadzka, Mieczyslaw Pawlikowski
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Another monotonous day in the dull life of a medical professor, disillusioned by his university work, students, wife and family.

Director: Wojciech Has
Stars: Gustaw Holoubek, Hanna Mikuc, Anna Milewska
Drama | History | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda
Stars: Boguslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski, Grazyna Szapolowska
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mariusz Dmochowski ... Stanislaw Wokulski
Beata Tyszkiewicz ... Izabela Lecka
Tadeusz Fijewski ... Ignacy Rzecki
Jadwiga Gall Jadwiga Gall ... Zaslawska
Wieslaw Golas ... Krzeszowski
Kalina Jedrusik ... Wasowska
Jan Koecher ... Prince
Jan Kreczmar ... Tomasz Lecki
Tadeusz Kondrat Tadeusz Kondrat ... Szlangbaum
Halina Kwiatkowska ... Krzeszowska
Andrzej Lapicki ... Kazimierz Starski
Jan Machulski ... Julian Ochocki
Józef Pieracki ... Doctor Szuman
Janina Romanówna Janina Romanówna ... Countess Joanna
Anna Seniuk ... Magdalenka
Edit

Storyline

Set in the 19th century Warsaw. The indolence of aristocrats who, secure with their pensions, are too lazy to undertake new business risks, frustrates Wokulski. His ability to make money is respected but his lack of family and social rank is condescended to. Because of his "help" (in secret) to "the doll's" impecunious but influential father, the girl becomes aware of his affection. In the end she consents to accept him, but without the true devotion. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Edit

Details

Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

7 November 1968 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Doll See more »

Filming Locations:

Wroclaw, Dolnoslaskie, Poland

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Version of Lalka (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"This is a deformed country."
17 January 2008 | by allenrogerjSee all my reviews

...according to the hero of this film, Wokulski, and the film reflects his view. Sumptuously, beautifully, formally it depicts a people trapped and betrayed by themselves. Wokulski, who fought in a rebellion against the Russian occupiers and went to Siberia for it, made his fortune supplying the Russian army fighting Turkey. The film shows his abilities- his business acumen, his skill in finding potential profit, his deep friendships, his generosity and freedom from prejudice- but all are made vain by his obsessive love of Izabella, the selfish and snobbish daughter of a stupid and bankrupt aristocrat. Wokulski realises the stupidity of his obsession at the end- Izabella might even realise her own contemptibility- but his madness and what he abandons for it probably destroys him.

This might sound misogynistic, but it isn't; other women are shown to be intelligent, sympathetic and every bit as trapped as the men. Even Izabella is in some ways the victim of Wokulski's ideals and demand for qualities in her that she cannot have. The film is superbly shot and put together. From the shop of Wokulski and his partner Rzecki which sells trinkets to the aristocrats and the wealthy we can see a square full of beggars and gypsies and homeless people and there are long tracking shots through the streets of the city following characters- Wokulski and a prostitute he helps, Wokulski and an inventor he abandons because of his obsession with Izabella- who only meet in a hovel at the end of their journey. There are elements of magic realism too- the inventor is working on a lighter-than-air metal; when we first see Wokulski he is a waiter in a bar who has made an unsuccessful perpetual motion machine- symbolically a group of young men try to pull away the ladder from the cellar and stop him climbing out- and there are several shots of women deliberately depicted as motionless dolls trapped in the audience's gaze. There are also wonderfully funny scenes- the nobleman Wokuski fights a duel with who is entirely dependent on his Jeevesian valet, the taciturn jockey who wins a race for Wokulski- but finally the film shows a trapped and futile set of people- aristocrats with no function but snobbery, patriots with no nation but antisemitism- and Wokulski himself, a hero of his time and place, which stops him fulfilling his potential. Unhurried, deliberate, elegant as the aristocrats it portrays, The Doll is a social comedy and a human tragedy.


8 of 8 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed