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The Promised Land (1975)

Ziemia obiecana (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama | 21 February 1975 (Poland)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrzej Wajda

Writers:

Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont (novel) (as Stanislaw Reymont), Andrzej Wajda
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Olbrychski ... Karol Borowiecki
Wojciech Pszoniak ... Moryc Welt
Andrzej Seweryn ... Maks Baum
Anna Nehrebecka ... Anka Kurowska
Tadeusz Bialoszczynski ... Ojciec Karola - Karol's Father
Bozena Dykiel ... Mada Müller
Franciszek Pieczka ... Müller
Danuta Wodynska Danuta Wodynska ... Müllerowa
Marian Glinka ... Wilhelm Müller
Andrzej Szalawski ... Herman Bucholz
Jadwiga Andrzejewska ... Bucholzowa
Kalina Jedrusik ... Lucy Zuckerowa
Jerzy Nowak ... Zucker
Stanislaw Igar ... Grünspan
Kazimierz Opalinski ... Ojciec Maksa, Maks' Father
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Storyline

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 krasnoludek

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish | German | Yiddish | Russian

Release Date:

21 February 1975 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

The Promised Land See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

PLN31,300,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release) | (4 episodes) (TV)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Dolby Digital (re-release)

Color:

Color (Orwocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Poland's official submission to the 1976's Oscar to the Best Foreign Language Film category. See more »

Quotes

Karol Borowiecki: I have nothing, you have nothing, and he has nothing; that means together we have enough to start a factory.
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Alternate Versions

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 »

Connections

Version of Ziemia obiecana (1927) See more »

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Everything capitalist is evil in this cartoon-like view of history.
8 April 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I am amazed that this film would have ever been nominated for an Oscar. That's because the film seems very, very one-dimensional in its characterizations and seems much more like a propaganda piece than a historical film. Now I am not saying there weren't some greedy and uncaring industrialists during the Industrial Revolution. However, in this epic from Andrzej Wajda, ALL capitalists are evil scum...ALL. In fact, often there seems to be less attention to a plot and more of an emphasis on characterizing every rich person as lower than pond scum. You see the rich laugh at the hunger of the poor, rape employees, beat their employees, poke wild animals in cages for laughs, get upset when an employee gets torn to bits in the machinery because it messes up the fabric being produced and devote EVERY SECOND to acquiring more and more money. And, when they aren't doing this, they are killing themselves because they have LOST their money! And, oddly, all their women look like characters from a Fellini film. So, all capitalist men are evil...through and through. And, all their women are ugly pigs. Oh, and did I mention that all the Jews I saw in the film were evil money-grubbers?! While the Oscar folks apparently liked it, I consider it a rather hateful film produced by a Soviet-backed government to promote their Marxist view of society. An odd curio, but clearly NOT a film that is very good history or even well written from a non-historical standpoint. Highly overrated.


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