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Life Sentence - Wyrok Zycia DVD

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  • Actors: Jadwiga Andrzejewska, Irena Eichlerowna, Dobieslaw Damiecki
  • Directors: Juliusz Gardan
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Polart Video
  • DVD Release Date: January 31, 2011
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004N8RWZG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #896,670 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Product Description

Melodrama: Hanna, a poor and lonely government worker, gets pregnant during an out-of-town trip. She gives birth to her child, which soon dies after a tragic accident. The authorities charge her with murder, and she is defended by Krystyna, a lawyer. When Hanna meets Krystyna`s husband, she`s shocked to discover that he`s the man who got her pregnant. Melodramat: Urzedniczka mennicy panstwowej, uboga i samotna dziewczyna Hanna, podczas wycieczki za miasto zostaje uwiedziona przez przypadkowo poznanego mezczyzne. Rodzi dziecko, ktore ginie na skutek nieszczesliwego wypadku. Zostaje oskarzona o zabojstwo. Broni jej adwokat Krystyna. Uzyskuje dla niej wyrok uniewinniajacy. Zabiera Hanne do domu i tu okazuje sie, ze owym uwodzicielem jest jej maz Janusz. Usiluje on popelnic samobojstwo. Hanna orientujac sie, ze mezczyzna kocha swoja zone, potajemnie odchodzi. Film wyroznia sie zarowno ambicjami spolecznymi, jak i sugestywna rezyseria. W wezlowych momentach dramatu tworca posluguje sie wyrazistymi, symbolicznymi obrazami, ktore przywoluja na mysl kino nieme. Debiutujaca tu Jadwiga Andrzejewska okazala sie jedna z najbardziej utalentowanych, wszechstronnych i lubianych aktorek filmowych.

About the Director

Juliusz Gardan, actually Juliusz Gradstein (born November 12, 1901 in Czestochowa, died. December 29, 1944 in Ashgabat) - Polish film director and screenwriter. Creator of the popular pre-war films. He studied law and Romance studies at Warsaw University. In the thirties of the twentieth century, he worked for several studios, Sphinx, Elektra-Film, Parlofilm, Rex-Film. In September 1939, documented on film the defense of Warsaw. During the Second World War, the Soviet Union went to the area. In Ashgabat, he was founder and chairman of a branch of the Union of Polish Patriots.

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Life Sentence (Wyrok Zycia) is a drama about a life that takes a wrong turn, but not without the help of deception. The story begins at the trial of a woman accused of murdering her baby. Krystyna, a lawyer that watched the trial, decides to help out Jadzia (Jadwiga Andrzejewska) and appeal her case. We then learn how Jadzia came to this point in her life as she tells her story to Krystyna.

Jadzia's story is very tragic. Her life was pretty normal a year earlier, with ambitions to better herself by studying at night while she works during the day. We know things did not work out as she hoped as Jadzia is serving her life sentence; but as we learn about what happened to Jadzia, we gain some sympathy for her.

It all goes downhill fast when she went on a day trip to the country. On the train she met a man who she fell in love with, but when she returned to her job in the city, he didn't try to find her. She is so distracted from the encounter that she makes too many mistakes at work and gets fired. Without a job, she soon gets kicked out of her home. But the real surprise is that she got pregnant. Undoubtedly, her story is realistic and not too different than things that actually do happen. Despite all the sensation to this story, the gritty details are left off screen.

Life Sentence, directed by Juliusz Gardan in 1933, isn't entirely a sob story. What makes the story more interesting is that there is a twist to the story. Krystyna is vigilant in wanting to help Jadzia, but she is linked to the man who was the other half in making Jadzia's life go downhill. Call it irony or karma, things come back with a bite.
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