- The Revenge (film)
Infobox Film | name =Zemsta
producer = ArkaFilm, Kredyt Bank,
Telewizja Polska, Vision
Roman Polanski Janusz Gajos Andrzej Seweryn Katarzyna Figura Daniel Olbrychski
distributor = MGE
released = 2002
runtime = 105 min
language = Polish
imdb_id = 0314942
"The Revenge" is the English title for "Zemsta", a
filmreleased in 2002, directed by Andrzej Wajda.
This film is based on a perennially popular stage
farceby the great Polish playwright and poet Aleksander Fredro. Raptusiewicz ( Janusz Gajos) resides in one half of a castle with the other half inhabited by his hated rival RegentMilczek ( Andrzej Seweryn). Raptusiewicz wishes to marry Podstolina ( Katarzyna Figura), the widow of the Lord High Steward, for her money, while Podstolina herself seeks a wealthy match. Regent Milczek's wish, on the other hand, is to bring about the union of his son Waclaw ( Rafał Królikowski) with Podstolina. To complicate matters more, Waclaw is in love with Klara ( Agata Buzek) - ward and niece of Raptusiewicz, who took her in following the death of her parents - and the feeling is mutual. The plot thickens when Klara turns into Papkin's ( Roman Polanski) declared object of love.
Written in a sharp, ironic style, "The Revenge" portrays those national characteristics that in time brought on many of Poland's national tragedies. Written for the stage, Wajda has changed very little and transferred practically the entirety of the work to the screen.
Real events inspired Fredro to write the play. In November of
1828, Fredro married Zofia Skotnicka, whose dowryincluded the title to half of a castle located in Odrzykonin the province of Galicia. In 1829, when looking through the archives of the castle, he happened on court records related to a dispute dating from the 17th century between the owners of the castle's two halves - Jan Skotnickiand Piotr Firlej. The conflict was long and relentless. It ended after more than thirty years with the marriage of Firlej's son to Zofia Skotnicka, an end similar to that adopted by Fredro in his play.
* The original story took place in Kamieniec castle, which is currently located in
Odrzykoń[http://pl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Odrzyko%C5%84] , while the movie was filmed in Ogrodzienieccastle, located in Silesiaprovince, Poland.
* The plot bears an uncanny resemblance to one of the main subplots (two families feuding over a piece of property, which is resolved by the marriage of the two young heirs) of the Polish epic poem
Pan Tadeusz, which also débuted in 1834.
Roman Polanskias Papkin
Janusz Gajosas CześnikRaptusiewicz
Andrzej Sewerynas Rejent Milczek
Katarzyna Figuraas Podstolina
Daniel Olbrychskias Dyndalski
Agata Buzekas Klara
Rafal Królikowskias Wacław
Lech Dyblikas Śmigalski
Jerzy Slonkaas Priest
Magdalena Smalaraas Rózia
Cinema of Poland
List of Polish language films
*imdb title|id=0314942|title=The Revenge
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