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Pan Tadeusz (1999)

Not Rated | | Drama, History, Romance | 21 January 2000 (USA)
In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one ... See full summary »

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Andrzej Wajda
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Boguslaw Linda ... Priest Robak
Daniel Olbrychski ... Gerwazy
Grazyna Szapolowska ... Telimena
Andrzej Seweryn ... Sedzia Soplica
Michal Zebrowski ... Tadeusz
Marek Kondrat ... Count Horeszko
Krzysztof Kolberger ... Adam Mickiewicz
Alicja Bachleda ... Zosia Horeszkówna (as Alicja Bachleda-Curus)
Jerzy Trela ... Podkomorzy
Jerzy Gralek ... Wojski
Marian Kociniak ... Protazy
Piotr Gasowski ... Rejent
Andrzej Hudziak ... Asesor
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Jankiel
Krzysztof Globisz ... Major Plut
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Storyline

In the early 1810s, Poles, part of Russia's client state of Lithuania, think independence will come if they join forces with Napoleon when he invades Russia. This unity of purpose, in one district, is undermined by two families, feuding since the head of one shot the head of the other twenty years before. There are hopes of a reconciliation through a marriage of Pan Tadeusz, a Soplica, whose father, the murderer, is in hiding somewhere, and Zosia, a teen-aged girl, a Horeszko who lives in the household of Pan's uncle. Other cross-currents - of love, family, politics, village traditions, land reform, and what it means to be Polish - give the film texture. It's an exile's story. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Drama | History | Romance | War

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Country:

Poland | France

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

21 January 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Пан Тадеуш See more »

Filming Locations:

Józefów, Mazowieckie, Poland See more »

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PLN 12,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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The first showing of this film was at a private screening in the Vatican attended by Pope John Paul II and Andrzej Wajda. See more »

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Referenced in Show (2003) See more »

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A masterpiece.
26 February 2000 | by David_G_YoungSee all my reviews

Andrzej Wajda has taken a masterpiece in one genre (poetry) and not only done justice to it but created a masterpiece in another genre (film), one which did not even exist when Mickiewicz wrote the poem 166 years earlier.

The actors are mainly well-known faces in Polish cinema and yet all rise above the stereotypical images many of the audience have of them. The greatest example of this is Boguslaw Linda as Robak the Priest. In the most moving scene in the film he gives the performance of his life.

The harmonious blend of Wajda's direction and Wojciech Kilar's score is a sensual feast. It is a film which impresses a profound sense of beauty to such an extent that one could appreciate the sheer art of the film without even having to understand the language (I cannot vouch for the quality of the sub-titles in English as I saw it in its original version).

If you only see one foreign language film this year, make sure it is this one.


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