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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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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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Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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 »

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Budget:

PLN 31,300,000 (estimated)
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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 »

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Remake of Ziemia obiecana (1927) See more »

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Dishonorable people behaving dishonorably
13 November 2018 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Ziemia obiecana (1975) was shown in the U.S. with the translated title The Promised Land. It was written and directed by the the legendary director Andrzej Wajda.

In 1898, Poland was being transformed from a rural nation into an industrialized nation. The city of Lodz was becoming the hub of the textile manufacturing industry.

Three young men--a Polish aristocrat, a Jew, and a German--join in the rush to make their fortunes by building a factory. They connive, they scheme, and they show total disregard for their workers or anyone else.

The plot of the movie follows them as they follow their dream.

The film is well acted and, of course, well directed. However, it's a grim film that probably portrays the situation very well. The problem is that the situation was ugly, and it's hard to enjoy a movie about amoral people acting dishonorably.

We saw this movie at Rochester's wonderful Dryden Theatre at the George Eastman Museum. It will work well enough on the small screen. The Promised Land was shown as part of the excellent Rochester Polish Film Festival.


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