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Poszukiwany, poszukiwana (1973)

Falsely accused Warsaw art museum assistant goes into hiding as a woman.


Stanislaw Bareja




Cast overview, first billed only:
Wojciech Pokora ... Stanislaw Maria 'Marysia' Rochowicz
Jolanta Bohdal ... Kasia Rochowicz
Mieczyslaw Czechowicz ... Professor
Maria Chwalibóg ... Karpielowa
Jerzy Dobrowolski ... Director
Wieslaw Golas ... Wieslaw Karpiel
Adam Mularczyk ... Bogdan Adamiec
Barbara Rylska ... Director's Wife
Wojciech Siemion ... Prosecutor
Jolanta Wollejko ... Nanny
Krystyna Borowicz ... Górecka
Zofia Czerwinska ... Tenant
Jerzy Januszewicz Jerzy Januszewicz ... Passenger in Bus
Maria Kaniewska ... Woman buying a sugar
Witold Kaluski Witold Kaluski ... Górecki


Stanislaw works in an art museum in Warsaw; it's not a very well-paid job, and his boss is a bit of a martinet. When a painting is found to be missing from the store room, the boss accuses Stanislaw and gives him 24 hours to return it, or go to jail. Well, Stanislaw is innocent, so he can't return it, and he decides to borrow some of his wife's clothes and her wig, and go into hiding as a woman, Maria. He gets a job as housemaid, although his practical home skills are pretty well non-existent, but a succession of amorous husbands, difficult children, and eccentric bosses drives him from one job to the next. Meanwhile his efforts to keep in touch with his wife lead to her becoming suspicious of his involvement with another girl he is talking to, and then when he kisses his wife amourously, the girl is scandalised to see what appear to be two women kissing. [This was 1973 in Poland, remember.] Finally he gets a decent place working for the director of an architectural practice; but this... Written by Hazel Freeman <hazel@tguk.net>

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Cross-dressing butler in communist Poland of 1973
3 August 2002 | by wodorostSee all my reviews

I saw this film then and i saw it yesterday and it is as funny as it was. This is very rare when it comes to the Polish comedies that was made at that time. Often they where so overloaded with symbols and metaphors placed there for the sake of the censorship that they were no more funny for someone who does not lived there.

This is a story of a thirty-something man and his struggle with a piece of paint he was responsible for at the art museum where he worked. The paint was accidentally taken and he was made responsible for the disappearance. He will be sentenced for some years jail, but manages to escape the police. He begins a voyage as a servant maid in the communist capital city of Warsaw. He also tries to recreate the painting by himself so he can return to his native work.

After all he figures out that he is much more better paid as a servant in Poland than an academic researcher he used to be...

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Release Date:

22 April 1973 (Poland) See more »

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Man - Woman Wanted See more »

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Kozlówka, Lubelskie, Poland See more »

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