The film is set just before the end of Poland's communist regime. The central character is a provincial censor, a tired, sloppy, lonely man, whose wife has long since left him. For him, censorship is both an art and a game, but he does not enjoy it. During the screening of a sentimental Polish melodrama called Daybreak at the “Liberty” cinema across from the censor's office, the actors start to rebel and refuse to speak their lines. This is anarchy, and when the censor is unable to control the situation, senior party officials are called in. Eventually a film critic notes that the situation reminds of The Purple Rose of Cairo by Woody Allen and brings a reel of the film to demonstrate. The officials watch the film with amusement until another mix-up occurs: the second projector is turned on accidentally and superimposes Daybreak over Purple Rose.
Best Actor | European Film Awards, , 1991
Grand Prix | Avoriaz IFF, France, 1992
Best Film, Best Main Role - Janusz Gajos | Burgos IFF, Spain, 1994
CAST & CREW
Director of Photography
Mariusz Kuczyński, Joanna Napieralska
anusz Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Teresa Marczewska, Piotr Fronczewski, Władysław Kowalski, Michał Bajor, Jan Peszek, Jerzy Binczycki, Artur Barciś
Crone Film Production A/S, TV Polski, Tor Film Studio
Born 1944, Lodz, Poland. Polish film director and screenwriter. Marczewski began studying directing at the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in 1962. He suspended his studies in 1964 and enrolled in a university to study philosophy and history. Three years later, he returned to the film school to complete the course of study in film directing. He directed twelve films between 1968 and 2001. His 1981 film Shivers won the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize at the 32nd Berlin IFF. His film Escape from “Liberty” Cinema” was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes IFF. Apart from filmmaking, teaching occupies a prominent place in Marczewski's life. He has taught regularly at the National School of Film and Television in Copenhagen since 1984. From 1992 to 1994 he was dean of the Directing Department at the National School of Film and Television in Great Britain. In addition, Wojciech Marczewski is a co-founder of, and one of the star lecturers at, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, which opened its doors to students in Warsaw in 2002.
Like Heaven (1967), The Bridge over the Tracks (1967), An Anatomy Lesson (1968), Attempts (1969), Long Shadows (1972), Travelers like Others (1969), Partings and Returns (1973), Easter (1974), Whiter than Snow (1975), Nightmares (1978), The Housemaster (1979), Shivers (1981), Escape from "Liberty" Cinema (1990), A Time of Betrayal (19697), Weiser (2000)