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The Story of Sin (1975)

Dzieje grzechu (original title)
R | | Drama | 3 June 1975 (Poland)
The teenage girl, Ewa is first seen confessing and warned about having any impure thoughts or feelings. Her family has boarders and one day a young man, Lukasz moves in and they fall in ... See full summary »

Director:

Walerian Borowczyk

Writers:

Stefan Zeromski (novel) (as Stefana Zeromskiego), Walerian Borowczyk (scenario)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Grazyna Dlugolecka ... Ewa
Jerzy Zelnik ... Lukasz
Olgierd Lukaszewicz ... Count Zygmunt Szczerbic
Roman Wilhelmi ... Antoni Pochron
Marek Walczewski ... Plaza-Splawski
Karolina Lubienska Karolina Lubienska ... Mrs. Pobratynska
Zdzislaw Mrozewski Zdzislaw Mrozewski ... Mr. Pobratynski
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz ... Priest Jutkiewicz
Mieczyslaw Voit ... Count Cyprian Bodzanta
Marek Bargielowski ... Adolf Horst
Jadwiga Chojnacka ... Leoska
Wladyslaw Hancza ... Dr. Wielgosinski
Jolanta Szemberg Jolanta Szemberg ... Aniela
Boguslaw Sochnacki
Janusz Zakrzenski ... Editor of 'Tygodnik Naukowy'
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Storyline

The teenage girl, Ewa is first seen confessing and warned about having any impure thoughts or feelings. Her family has boarders and one day a young man, Lukasz moves in and they fall in love. He is trying to get a divorce but is denied by local church people. They live together after he is wounded in a duel, and then he takes off for Rome to get a divorce. She has a child and drowns it. She hears that he has been imprisoned in Rome so she goes there only to find out that he has been released. In her wanderings through France and Germany she finds out that her lover has married a rich woman and gone back to Poland. She gets involved with two con men who use her to trap Lukasz. They make her invite Lukasz so that they can rob him. When they are making love, she tries to kill Lukasz by injecting drug but he does not die. She runs off and sinks into prostitution back in the old country. She is helped by an utopian rich man but the con men reappear, trying to use her as a lead to Lukasz. ... Written by lament

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It is not pornographic. It is a revealing work of art. See more »

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Release Date:

3 June 1975 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Remake of Dzieje grzechu (1911) See more »

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Organ Preludium d-moll
Music by Johann Pachelbel
Performed by Feliks Raczkowski
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The Return of Polish Cinema
11 April 2017 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

A young woman (Grazyna Dlugolecka) is used and abused by several men.

Director Walerian Borowczyk, the "genius who also happened to be a pornographer", had already made an award-winning short film ("Dom") and stunned the world by this time with "Immoral Tales" (1973) and its follow-up "The Beast" (1975). Showing just how low an artist could sink for his art, what was the director going to do next? And would actress Grażyna Długołęcka be brave enough to follow his lead?

"Story of Sin" was quite Polish, in contrast to the director's primarily French work. In fact, the story was adapted from an unloved Polish novel ("Wages of Sin") by the otherwise popular novelist Stefan Żeromski (1864-1925). Poland was (and is) a deeply Roman Catholic country, and the film is not without some religious overtones. Eve is said to be "the first sinner" and we know the director liked to use "religion as a way to express erotic behavior".

Strangely, although the women in his films are clearly being exploited and his films are rightly described as exploitation, the argument has been made that in many ways the women of the films get the upper hand or have free agency -- perhaps they make poor choices or are in bad situations, but they are not merely passive. This fact makes these films actually, dare we say, feminist. "Story of Sin" is an interesting ethical mix; the lead makes questionable choices (leading to prostitution and abortion), but for a very admirable reason -- she is tracking down her true love. Can we fault her for her choices? And can we fault the director for showing a strong woman making such hard choices?

The 2017 Blu-ray from Arrow Video is packed ridiculously full. We have an audio commentary by the impressively knowledgeable Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger, best known for their Daughters of Darkness podcast. There is a new introduction by poster designer Andrzej Klimowski and a new interview with lead actor Grazyna Dlugolecka. Furthermore, film critic David Thompson talks on the use of classic music in Borowczyk's films; Daniel Bird presents a video essay concerning the director's obsessions; there is a video essay on Borowczyk and Lenica's contributions to newsreels and documentaries on art history; a short news reel documentary about poster art co-written by Borowczyk; an interview with Juliusz Zamecznik, son of photographer and graphic artist Wojciech Zamecznik; and an interview with poster artist Teresa Byszewska.

Those hours of bonus content not enough for you? Arrow even threw in 2K restorations from the original negatives of Borowczyk's ground-breaking Polish shorts: "Once Upon a Time" (co-directed by Jan Lenica), "Dom" (co-directed by Lenica) and "The School", each with optional audio commentaries. It is nigh impossible to imagine a greater tribute to the work of Borowczyk in video form.


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