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Toy - Zabawka DVD


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  • Actors: Alma Kar, Eugeniusz Bodo, Stefan Gucki
  • Directors: Michal Waszynski
  • 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: 75 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B004N8RWWO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,016 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Melodrama: Latoszynski, a landowner, falls in love with Lulu, a song-and-dance girl. When they find out that Jurek, Latoszynski`s son, is coming to visit, Lulu must hide near the forest-keeper`s house, where she meets Kuzma. Later on, Lulu falls in love with Jurek during a walk. When Kuzma finds out, jealousy drives him to cut down a tree, making it fall on Jurek. Melodramat: Latoszynski, ziemianin z kresow, urzeczony uroda tancerki i piosenkarki Lulu, zabiera ja do swego majatku. Do Latoszynskiego ma przyjechac jego syn Jurek; w tej sytuacji Lulu musi sie ukryc w lesniczowce. Tu poznaje ja miejscowy uwodziciel Kuzma. Na spacerze Lulu zawiera znajomosc z Jurkiem. Mlodzi zakochuja sie w sobie. Zazdrosny Kuzma podcina drzewo, ktore przewracajac sie przygniata Jurka. Lulu alarmuje ludzi w dworze. Kuzma trawiony wyrzutami sumienia oddaje sie w rece policji. Lulu, zrozumiawszy, ze jest dla wszystkich tylko zabawka - wraca do miasta. Poprawnie zrealizowany melodramat, ktory owczesna prasa nazwala dramatem milosnym z zycia tancerek inspirowany byl niemieckim filmem o kobiecie fatalnej Lulu zrealizowanym przez G.W. Pabsta. Uwage zwraca odmienny niz zwykle Bodo, grajacy tu prymitywnego i gwaltownego chlopa KuZme; spiewa szlagier tamtych lat - piosenke Baby, ach te baby.

About the Director

Michal Waszynski (29 September 1904)(born Mosze Waks) was first a film director in his native Poland, then in Italy, and later (as Michael Waszynski) a producer of the major American movies, mainly in Spain. Known for his elegance and impeccable manners he was called by people who knew him the prince. Waszynski was born into a Polish-Jewish family as Michal Waks in 1904 in Kowel, a small Jewish town in Volhynia (now in Ukraine), which at the time was part of Imperial Russia. As Germany occupied this part of Europe during World War I, he moved first to Warsaw and later to Berlin. As a young man he worked as an assistant director of the legendary German director F.W. Murnau. Upon his return to Poland he changed his name to Michal Waszynski and converted to Catholicism. In the 1930s Waszynski became the most prolific film director in Poland, directing 37 of the 147 films made in Poland in that decade, nearly one out of four. Along with the popular movies in Polish directed to a wide local audience, he directed an important movie in Yiddish The Dybbuk, today a monument of the rich cultural life of East European Jewry before the Holocaust. At the beginning of World War II, when Poland was invaded from the West by Nazi Germany and from the East by the Soviet Union, Waszynski escaped from Warsaw, which was being bombed by German planes, to Bialystok. That city was taken in mid-September 1939 by the Germans, but within weeks, as a result of the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact, the city was given to Soviet Union and occupied by its army. Waszynski began a new career as a theater director, first in Bialystok and later in Moscow. In the summer of 1941, after Germany invaded the Soviet Union, Waszynski joined the newly formed Polish Army of general Wladyslaw Anders (loyal to the Polish government in Exile in London) and subsequently was relocated to Persia (Iran), and later as a soldier of the 2nd Corps of the Polish Army to Egypt and Italy. As a member of the army film unit, he filmed the Battle of Monte Cassino, where the Polish Army suffered great losses, but helped to win the day. After WWII, he stayed in Italy, where he directed a Polish language feature film about the Battle of Monte Cassino, and then three Italian films. Later in his career, Waszynski worked as a producer for the major American studios in Italy and (primarily) Spain, credited as Michael Waszynski. His credits include The Quiet American (1958) (associate producer), El Cid (1961), and The Fall of the Roman Empire (film) (1964) ((executive producer and associate producer). He died of heart attack on 20 February 1965 in Madrid, and was buried in a ceremonious Catholic funeral in Rome.

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Toy (Zabawka) is a drama about a cabaret singer named Lulu (Alma Kar). With the help of her friends, Lulu decides to charm a rich man from the county and begins an adventure far more complicated than she anticipated. After Lulu's performance, the two wealthiest guests request Lulu and her friend accompany them at their table. The wealthy estate owner Baron Latoszynski is big, but gentile. After sharing some drinks, Lulu decides to sneak into Latoszynski's car and go home with him.

Latoszynski's arrival with a girl from the city is a shock for his servants. Lulu is a woman that sees opportunity in having a relationship with a rich man, and you may even say she is a gold digger. The timid shell of the estate owner doesn't stop him from getting his way, so Lulu has more in store for herself than she intends. When Latoszynski gets a telegram that his son is arriving with his fiancée, Lulu is quickly taken to a nearby hunting cabin for a few days to prevent gossip.

Although hiding Lulu may seem like a good idea at the time, it backfires for several reasons. In addition to being disrespectful to Lulu, the forester's son Kuzma (Eugeniusz Bodo) lives right next to the cabin. Kuzma is a ladies man so it is like keeping the fox with the chicken. Furthermore, when the Baron's son sees Lulu, he is taken in by her too.

As with many of the films directed by Michal Waszynski, the story could be considered a drama with tragic irony. There is quite a mess with three men interested in Lulu and she isn't sure which one she will choose. Her flirtation with each of them backfires. We are not sure if any of the men are really serious about her or are just treating her like a toy.
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