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Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema (1990)

Ucieczka z kina 'Wolnosc' (original title)
During the screening of the film "Daybreak" at the Liberty Cinema, movie characters suddenly come alive and begin to talk to the viewers. The situation surprises communist authorities who send a censor to the theatre.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Janusz Gajos ... Censor Rabkiewicz
Zbigniew Zamachowski ... Assistant to the Censor
Teresa Marczewska ... Malgorzata
Piotr Fronczewski ... Communist Party Secretary
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Actor Tadeusz Playing Professor
Michal Bajor ... Film Critic
Jan Peszek ... Raskolnikov
Jerzy Binczycki ... Cinema Manager Karwanski
Artur Barcis ... Projectionist Krzysio
Maciej Kozlowski ... American Actor
Henryk Bista ... Janik
Ewa Wencel ... Censor's Secretary
Krzysztof Wakulinski ... Jerzy
Zofia Graziewicz Zofia Graziewicz ... Ticket Control at the Cinema (as Zofia Tomaszewska-Graziewicz)
Aleksander Bednarz ... Edward
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Storyline

The film is set just before Poland's communist regime came to an end. The central character is a provincial censor, a tired, sloppy, lonely man, whose wife left him a long time ago. For him, censorship is both an art and a game, but he does not enjoy it. During the screening of a sentimental Polish melodrama called "Daybreak" at the Liberty cinema, just across the street from the censor's office, the actors start to rebel and refuse to speak their lines. This is anarchy, and when the censor is unable to control the situation, senior party officials are called in. Eventually a film critic notices that the situation reminds him of "The Purple Rose of Cairo" by Woody Allen, and brings a reel of the film to demonstrate it. The officials watch the film with amusement until another mix-up occurs: the second projector is turned on accidentally and superimposes "Daybreak" over "The Purple Rose". Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Comedy | Drama | Fantasy

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This film is one of the most original Polish films of the decade; a poetic satire about the end of an oppressive era but also a universal tale about humanity. It was screened at Un Certain Regard section of the 1991 Cannes Film Festival. See more »

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Features The Purple Rose of Cairo (1985) See more »

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Censorship, freedom, creativity and control
22 December 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"Ucieczka z kina 'Wolnosc'" is a very blatant critic to the 'parent' system that decides to control everything, from freedom of speech, to art, through a story that plays with breaking the fourth wall... inside the movie.

"Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema" (in its translated English title) goes around a censor that is a little bit tired of everything. Suddenly he finds himself in a little bit of a hole when the characters of a movie that had been approved by the censors and allowed to be shown on cinemas take a life of their own and rebel, just chatting around instead of continuing with the plot. Our censor goes to the cinema, and suddenly, the characters seem to take a special interest in him.

Cue not very subtle critic of censorship, control, the lack of freedom in some societies (in this case the 80s Poland) and the need for art and creativity to be free, critical and a thorn in the side of any system.

It all does for an interesting movie, with good acting, gloomy atmosphere and not very original but good ideas. However the pace is a little bit slow, and the movie, even if it lasts less than one hour and a half, feels a little bit longer than that. Close to the end, things get more rhythm and the psychological part gains weight, which gives more gravitas to the film.

If you like your film with some tongue-in-cheek, wink-wink moments, and a critique of the status quo, you will enjoy this one.


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15 October 1990 (Poland) See more »

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