At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ...
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At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a Pole, a Jew and a German, pool their money together to build a factory. The movie follows their ruthless pursuit of fortune.Written by
Poland's official submission to the 1976's Oscar to the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »
Around 1:37:00 Bucholz leans backwards when Horn is shouting at him. In the next shot he sits upstraight. See more »
I have nothing, you have nothing, and he has nothing; that means together we have enough to start a factory.
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On 21 May 1978 Public television aired the first episode of a mini-series which was based on the theatrical version. The television version contains four parts and is about 25 minutes longer than the version previously shown in cinemas across Poland. In October 2000 there was a new release of the movie in Polish cinemas. The new version is about 30 minutes shorter than the original one but while it doesn't contain some scenes from the original edition it also includes some scenes which was taken from the television version. The sound of the new version was digitally remastered. See more »
The realism with which Wajda shows early industrialization is worthy of Charles Dickens, Emile Zola or Maxim Gorky.
Three young friends, a Pole, a German, and a Jew, decide to join forces and open a textile factory. Due to lack of money, they have to cope in various ways, at any cost, using all the means and without regard to social or moral norms, as well as the fate of other people, including those closest to them. The plot takes place in the last years of the XIX century, in the Polish industrial city of Lodz. The realism with which Wajda shows dirty, smoky city, dangerous factories, the brutal capitalist logic and wretched working class in poverty, on the verge of life and death, is worthy of Charles Dickens, Emile Zola or Maxim Gorky.
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