Genre: Comedy
93 min


as Papkin

in the film

by Andrzej Wajda

based on the play

by Aleksander Fredro


as the Cupbearer

as the Notary

as Widow Hanna

as Dyndalski

as Klara, the Cupbearer's niece

as Waclaw, the Notary's son


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Where's my dinner?

Not even soup yet!

Must I wait

with an empty stomach?

No, I can't delay my plans

any longer.

What do you wish?

Why are you so sad?

Doesn't the love

of your Klara

- dismiss those grim thoughts?

- I see you for a while,

then I spend hours

without hearing your sweet voice.

- How can I be happy?

- Love me, I said.

You took my hand

and asked if I loved you,

even while you read

the answer in my eyes.

I didn't know

what I was saying.

I fear I have ignored

our future.

The endless discord

between your uncle and my father

is not a good omen

for our love.

We may face cruel separation.



Think, find a solution!

- Everything is up to you.

- I'm listening.

We love each other

and we wish to live together

in peace, free of fear

that old feuds

might force us apart.

- What shall we do then?

- Get married.

- You're crazy! How?

- It's up to you.

Rather up the will of my uncle,

and of your father.

If there's a will,

there's a way.

I understand,

but I don't agree.

I want to be with you,

- but not this way.

- I meant marriage.

Who'll believe that

nothing happened between us?

I hear someone coming,

you must go.

- One word...

- I've said.

- Change it or I'll die.

- Then we'll die.

- Klara, I beg you...

- Go, quickly.

God be with you.

I got here as fast as I could.

I wore out several horses

and came in such haste

that my new carriage

was left in splinters.

And I am sure, Papkin,

that you came on foot,

after gambling away in some tavern

the money I sent for the journey.

Look at my pistol then.

- What about it?

- I was shooting.

At crows, no doubt.

Whom I shot and where,

I cannot divulge,

but cards are not the reason

for my delay.

You know that men drop like flies

when I start shooting.


- Who else?

- Moths or mosquitoes?

- You'll never believe it anyway.

- I'm not a fool, my dear, dear sir.

- That a breakfast?!

- Yes, breakfast.

My dear Cupbearer, I haven't

eaten for six days and nights.

- Then eat and listen.

- Yes, sir!

Everyone knows

I never miss a shot.

And everyone knows

I could toss you in the dungeon

for your past deeds.

In the dungeon?

What for?

- Just for fun.

- Can't you think of better one?


Let me remind you

where you stand with me.

I am at your service.

I will jump into the saddle

this moment if you order it.

I am a born horseman.

The wildest of the wild

are tame in my hands.

- I am a born horseman.

- Come on!

As I was about

to put my foot in the stirrups,

- I was interrupted by a big scuffle.

- Listen to me!

Just a moment.

Here I was walking along,

my head up, my hair all curly,

a proud look...

any woman

would've fallen for me.

- Listen!

- Wait. So there I was,

and suddenly a Greek princess

approached in her coach,

took one look at me,

and fell in love.

You know, one thing led to another...

when it comes to love I'm like a tiger.


- You seem a bit upset.

- Enough of your chattering tongue!

You are upset.

If I had your temper,

the blade of my

trusty Artemis would...

- I'm listening.

- Klara's father

bought this old castle

along with the village.

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Antoni Bohdziewicz

Antoni Bohdziewicz (September 11, 1906 – October 20, 1970) was a Polish screenplay writer and director, best known for his 1956 adaptation of Zemsta by Aleksander Fredro. Bohdziewicz was born in the city of Vilna (modern Vilnius), then part of the Russian Empire. In 1928, he graduated from the Technical Faculty of the Warsaw University of Technology and was simultaneously studying at the Faculty of Humanities of the Stefan Batory University. In 1928, he became a speaker at the newly established branch of the Polish Radio in his native city. In 1931 however he obtained a state scholarship and left for France. In Paris he joined the prestigious Ecole Technique de Photographie et de Cinématographie, where he also made his first documentaries. In 1935, he returned to Poland and worked as a journalist and cameraman for the state-owned Polska Agencja Telegraficzna Film Chronicle (PAT), the most popular newsreel in Poland. He also worked as a journalist and columnist for the "Pion" weekly. In late 1930s he made numerous documentaries for the PAT agency, as well as for the SAF film studio. In 1939, he began working on his first feature film Zazdrość i medycyna, based on a novel by Michał Choromański. However, the shooting was interrupted by the outbreak of the Invasion of Poland (1939). During World War II he was an active member of the Home Army and collaborated with the Bureau of Information and Propaganda as the head of the photo and film department. In 1943, he also started a Tres photographic studio in Warsaw, which became a clandestine outpost of the Home Army. During the Warsaw Uprising he became the head of the group of cameramen to prepare daily newsreels and was one of the people to prepare Warszawa walczy, a documentary filmed and shown entirely in besieged Warsaw. After the war he continued his career in the same role and became one of the first members of the Polish Film Chronicle (PKF) company. Working in Kraków, already in March 1945 he started a Film Atelier for the Youth, the first film school to be opened in Poland after the end of the German occupation. In December of that year he converted his atelier into a regular study, which became a direct predecessor of the Kraków Film School. In 1948 he moved to Łódź, where he became the chairman of the Department of Direction of the National Film School. In that role he became a teacher of several generations of Polish film directors. He also remained an active director himself. His first film, 2*2=4, was released already in 1945 and was among the first feature films to be shot in Poland after World War II. Between 1956 and 1962 Bohdziewicz served as an artistic director of the Droga Film Team and then the TOR Film Studio (1968–1970). Simultaneously he was also a teacher at the Brussels-based Institut National Supérieur des Arts du Spectacle. He died October 20, 1970 in Warsaw. more…

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