Dir. Andrzej Wajda. 1975, 170 mins. Newly restored DCP. In Polish with English subtitles. With Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn. This Andrzej Wajda masterpiece, based on the novel by Nobel-prize winner Wladislaw Reymont, is considered the Polish Gone With the Wind. A historical epic exploring the city of Lodz at the turn of the 20th century, the film dramatizes industrial and political transformations as it focuses on three friends—one Polish, one Jewish, one German—who attempt to open their own factory amidst racial and social tensions. With a marked visual lyricism defined by expressive camera angles, movement, and color, Promised Land is a cinematic feast. (Annette Insdorf).
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