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Smierc prezydenta (1977)

Set at the historic moment of rebirth of Poland after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter ... See full summary »

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Jerzy Kawalerowicz
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Zdzislaw Mrozewski ... Gabriel Narutowicz
Marek Walczewski ... Eligiusz Niewiadomski
Henryk Bista ... Priest Nowakowski
Czeslaw Byszewski Czeslaw Byszewski ... Prime Minister Julian Nowak
Jerzy Duszynski ... Józef Pilsudski
Edmund Fetting ... General Józef Haller
Kazimierz Iwor Kazimierz Iwor ... Herman Lieberman
Julian Jabczynski Julian Jabczynski ... Stefan Przezdziecki
Erwin Kohlund Erwin Kohlund ... Prof. Isseling
Zbigniew Krynski Zbigniew Krynski ... Stanislaw Józef Thugutt
Leszek Kubanek ... Norbert Barlicki
Wlodzimierz Saar Wlodzimierz Saar ... Stanislaw Stronski
Jerzy Sagan Jerzy Sagan ... Wincenty Witos
Janusz Sykutera Janusz Sykutera ... Stanislaw Car
Tomasz Zaliwski ... Maciej Rataj
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Set at the historic moment of rebirth of Poland after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter public life, as the first President in the history of Polish Republic. The film shows the turmoil leading to Narutowicz's election by a National Assembly divided between Polish Nationalists and the minorities, comprising one third of the population. A few days after the election the President was assasinated by a fanatic Nationalist while opening an art exhibit. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

10 October 1977 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Death of a President See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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I Love Polish Cinema, But This Time It Was Unberable
12 November 2012 | by denis888See all my reviews

Jerzy Kawalerowicz was a great Polish filmmaker, his Quo Vadis is still a remarkable piece of work. And then, this is a great topic to show - the 5-day presidency of Gabriel Narutowicz, short and tragic, in the post-war Poland of 1922, with its high hopes, abandoned hopes, betrayed hopes and shattered dreams. The movie could have been a great period piece. But, Jerzy did it and did it terribly slow, badly, boring and almost universally cliché'd. I made myself watch it all, but these 2 hours were a dull, endless ordeal. What you have here is talk, more talk, some great historical figures talk, debates, talk, election, some sudden action with snowballs throwing, more talk, endless debates, talk again, some sudden action with pistols and several men killed (even that was slow and messy, and badly edited), then - you name it - more talk, and then murder (it is not a spoiler, you know the movie title), then funeral, then some talk again. Yawn. Very boring. You almost wish somebody on the screen throw a blasphemy or make some obscene gesture. Nope. The painfully slow tempo and ocean of talks make the film meaningless bloat. Sad, but back in 1977 Jerzy failed and made a poor film.


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