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The Promised Land

Ziemia Obiecana

Directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland, 1975


A 1975 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda, based on a novel by Władysław Reymont. Set in the industrial city of Łódź, The Promised Land tells the story of a Pole, a German, and a Jew struggling to build a factory in the raw world of 19th century capital

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The Promised Land Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Critics reviews

Years before PT Anderson pulverized Upton Sinclair into There Will Be Blood’s dramatic filet mignon, Wajda tried his hand at a muckraking top-down look at industrial corruption. The similarly outré The Promised Land is his least-known, best-made work, an almost unbearably cruel anti-epic hiding pox under a frock coat and top hat.
February 08, 2017
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The question of how to live an honorable life, or indeed, if it is possible to live one in the face of widespread corruption, is raised in the brilliant, albeit controversial, production of Andrzej Wajda’s The Promised Land (1975)… [Wajda’s Ashes and Diamond and The Promised Land] serve as fascinating portraits of the ruthless rebelliousness that characterizes those who seek to install a new social order.
June 01, 2014
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