The Promised Land


Ziemia obiecana (1975)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
Actors: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn
Runtime: 138 min

Three young friends, a Pole, a German, and a Jew, decide to join forces and open a textile factory. Due to lack of money, they have to cope in various ways, at any cost, using all the means and without regard to social or moral norms, as well as the fate of other people, including those closest to them. The plot takes place in the last years of the XIX century, in the Polish industrial city of Lodz. The realism with which Wajda shows dirty, smoky city, dangerous factories, the brutal capitalist logic and wretched working class in poverty, on the verge of life and death, is worthy of Charles Dickens, Emile Zola or Maxim Gorky.

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