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Career of Nikos Dyzma

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CAREER OF NIKOS DYZMA

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  • Actors: Katarzyna Figura, Cezary Pazura, Andrzej Grabowski, Ewa Kasprzyk, Anna Przybylska
  • Directors: Jacek Bromski
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Vanguard Cinema
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A2ZQ3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #144,271 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"The Career of Nikos Dyzma" (2002) is a comedy about an undertaker/eulogizer (as played by Cezary Pazura, who also stars in "Tato," "Sara," and "Happy New York") whose life takes a dramatic turn when he signs for the mail of a deceased politician. The letter he signed for is an invitation to a party for wealthy and powerful figures. At the party, Nikos puts the Vice-Premier in his place after he bumped into Nikos, knocking over his salad. This action gains him the respect and admiration of the room, as the Vice-Premier was not well liked -- opening the way for Nikos into the world of politics.

The wives of the politicians are all interested in Nikos as their husbands are all much older and impotent. Gaining the liking of the politicians' wives only provides Nikos with valuable political information and the power of the wives to influence their husbands.

A reoccurring political comment that Nikos makes in the film is for the people to buy and use Polish made products, despite lower costing imports, so that their own people will have jobs. The working people see the truth in this idea and look favorably upon Nikos for supporting them. Nikos also gave great eulogies, a skill he now uses for political speeches that move the people.

"The Career of Nikos Dyzma" is directed by Jacek Bromski. The film is in Polish, but has optional English subtitles. Special features include the trailer, bios, photo gallery, and a short piece on the making of the film (spoken in Polish with no subtitle option). This 105 minute film has several popular Polish actors, such as Anna Przybylska (who stared in "Sucker Season" and "Superprodukcja") and Katarzyna Figura (who stared in "Zemsta," "Happy New York," and "Pianist"). The Career of Nikos Dyzma" would easily get an "R rating" by American standards for nudity.
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Just fabulous! 5 stars! This Polish gem is a must for those that enjoy intelligent humor, a wild and offbeat plot, excellent acting and dialogue...and a great story about rags to riches in the political arena. This film has a good feel to it...uplifting...and devious. It is dubbed in English, but that does not diminish the quality or continuity. This was deemed the funniest film to come out of Poland in a decade. I'll drink to that...vodka...chilled vodka that is.
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I was born in Poland and spent there the first 33 years of my life, so my interaction with this movie may be biased and not quite typical to impressions received by a typical American person. Yet, I do not hesitate to recommend this movie to any viewer who is at least 16. Apart from being very entertaining, the story educates the viewer about the influence that any corrupted society has on its members. It reminds me of an excellent book "The White Tiger" by Aravind Adiga. In either case, we can see how a person manipulated by the society can become capable of doing almost anything. It is sad. At the same time, the movie has so many hilarious moments, and it is psychologically speaking very true, to which I can attest exactly by having lived so many years in Poland.

All in all, I can recommend it both as entertainment and education.
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By Matt on August 30, 2015
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Nice
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