The Promised Land, (Ziemia obiecana)
Andrzej Wajda, Poland, 1975
  • Director: Andrzej Wajda
  • Writing Credits: Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont (novel) (as Stanislaw Reymont), Andrzej Wajda
  • Art Direction:  Witold Sobocinski, Edward Klosinski
  • Music: Wojciech Kilar
  • Art Direction: Andrzej Halinski
  • Duration: 179'
  • Colour: Colour
  • Cast: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn, Kalina Jedrusik, Anna Nehrebecka, Bozena Dykiel, Tadeusz Bialoszczynski, Jerzy Nowak, Piotr Fronczewski
: Reviews :

Lodz: the end of the 19th century. Three friends: Karol (a Pole, a son of a land owner), Moryc (a Jew) and Maks (a German) get rich by deceit and decide to establish a textile factory in Lodz. They fight for its construction and existence with the tycoons of the local industry. Karol has to sell his family estate. He also engages in an affair with Lucy Zucker, a young wife of a rich factory owner. When he secretly accompanies her during her trip to Berlin, he is informed that the uninsured factory has burnt. To save himself from a complete disaster, he has to break off his engagement with Anka and marry Mada, a millionaire’s daughter. At the cost of giving up his ideals and his good name, he becomes a great Lodz capitalist.

: References :
  • Tomasz Burek Pandemonium Reymonta i Wajdy, „Kino” 1974, issue 12
  • Konrad Eberhardt, Swiat bez grzechu, “Kino” 1974, issue 12
  • Max Tessier  “Ecran”, Paris, March 1976
: Teaching material :
 General Guide