ⓘ The Deluge (film)

                                     

ⓘ The Deluge (film)

The Deluge is a 1974 Polish historical drama film directed by Jerzy Hoffman. The film is based on the 1886 novel of the same name by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 47th Academy Awards, but lost to Amarcord. The film is the third most popular in the history of Polish cinema, with more than 27.6 million tickets sold in its native country by 1987. Further 30.5 million were sold in the Soviet Union.

                                     

1. Plot

The film is set in the 17th century during the Swedish invasion of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the years 1655 to 1658, known as The Deluge, which was eventually thwarted by the Polish-Lithuanian forces. However, a quarter of the Polish-Lithuanian population died through war and plague, and the countrys economy was devastated.

                                     

2. Versions

The original film was digitally restored and shown on Polish TV in December, 2013. For the films 40th anniversary, a new cut named Potop Redivivus was released in the Fall of 2014. It is two hours shorter than the original, to make it more accessible to present day moviegoers.

                                     

3. Cast

  • Stanislaw Michalski as Jaromir Kokosinski
  • Daniel Olbrychski as Andrzej Kmicic
  • Ryszard Filipski as Soroka
  • Ferdynand Matysik as Zamoyski
  • Arkadiusz Bazak as Kuklinowski
  • Tadeusz Lomnicki as Michal Wolodyjowski
  • Piotr Pawlowski as John II Casimir of Poland
  • Malgorzata Braunek as Olenka Billewiczowna
  • Bogusz Bilewski as Kulwiec-Hippocentaurus
  • Bruno OYa as Jozwa Butrym
  • Kazimierz Wichniarz as Jan Onufry Zagloba
  • Leszek Teleszynski as Boguslaw Radziwill
  • Wieslawa Mazurkiewicz as Aunt Kulwiecowna
  • Stanislaw Lopatowski as Ranicki
  • Andrzej Kozak as Rekuc Leliwa
  • Stanislaw Jasiukiewicz as Augustyn Kordecki
  • Krzysztof Kowalewski as Roch Kowalski
  • Leon Niemczyk as Charles X Gustav of Sweden
  • Franciszek Pieczka as Kiemlicz
  • Wladyslaw Hancza as Janusz Radziwill
  • Wieslaw Golas as Stefan Czarniecki