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Hotel Pacific (1975)

Zaklete rewiry (original title)
A teenage country boy starts working in a restaurant of the famous Pacific Hotel in the 1930s. He soon discovers that to get promoted one needs to conform and sacrifice his dignity.

Director:

Janusz Majewski

Writers:

Pavel Hajný, Henryk Worcell (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marek Kondrat ... Roman Boryczko
Roman Wilhelmi ... Robert Fornalski
Roman Skamene ... Fryc
Cestmír Randa ... Pancer
Michal Pawlicki ... Albin
Martin Hron Martin Hron ... Henek
Stanislawa Celinska ... Hela
Joanna Kasperska Joanna Kasperska ... Paulina
Jaroslava Schallerová ... Zoska
Wlodzimierz Borunski ... Editor
Czeslaw Wollejko ... Baron Humaniewski
Tadeusz Drozda ... Waiter
Zdzislaw Maklakiewicz ... Waiter
Bronislav Poloczek ... Waiter
Ewa Ciepiela Ewa Ciepiela ... Prostitute
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A teenage country boy starts working in a restaurant of the famous Pacific Hotel in the 1930s. He soon discovers that to get promoted one needs to conform and sacrifice his dignity.

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Drama

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Country:

Poland | Czechoslovakia

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

27 November 1975 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Dvoji svet Hotelu Pacifik See more »

Filming Locations:

Lódz, Lódzkie, Poland See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Slice of life in a hotel
6 February 2018 | by hof-4See all my reviews

Henryk Worcell was the nom de plume of Polish author and journalist Tadeusz Kurtyka (1909-1982). Kurtyka left his family as a teenager in 1925 to move to Krakow, where he joined the staff of the Grand Hotel. He worked as a dishwasher, buffet attendant and finally as a waiter. Kurtyka made contact in the hotel's restaurant with writer Michal Choromanski, who encouraged him to develop the diary he was keeping into a book and suggested his pen name. The result was the popular 1936 novel Zaklete Rewiry, which translates to "Enchanted Territories" or "Enchanted Places" (the title is no doubt ironic).

The protagonist of the novel is Worcell's alter ego, Roman Boryczko. The place is the fictitious Pacific Hotel, an establishment that combines slightly faded splendor with seediness, and the subject is the complex relations between workers, supervisors and owners, those who obey, those who command and those who do both. This development is parallel to (and clashes with) Roman's personal path to intellectual and moral betterment. An amusing sidebar: Worcell's colleagues are so vividly described in the book that they could easily recognize themselves. The author himself writes that after the release he had to leave Krakow.

Director Janus Majewski has put together a slice-of-life film where nothing stands out in particular but interest never flags. He is supported by first rate set and costume designs, an excellent cast headed by Marek Kondrat as Roman and the outstanding work of Czech cinematographer Miroslav Ondricek. The copy available in the rental services has been digitally restored with excellent results.


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