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The Scar [DVD]


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  • Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct 2003
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0000AQVIN
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,180 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Scar is the assured theatrical feature by Krzysztof Kieslowski, the director of the Three Colours trilogy and Dekalog. In the impoverished Polish town of Olecko, Stefan Bednarz (Franciszek Pieczka) is put in charge of the construction of a large chemical plant, which is being built against the wishes of the local populace. Although it will improve the town’s economic prospects and provide badly needed new jobs, the factory will also mean the destruction of many homes and adversely affect the environment. Despite his best efforts to convince the townspeople of the benefits, Bednarz has difficulty reconciling the gulf between his good intentions and reality.

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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Louise Stanley on 21 Mar 2005
Format: DVD
Definitely for die-hard fans of Soviet-bloc cinema only and a chance to see just how far artistic criticism of one of the more liberal Communist regimes could go, for any historian out there.
This is one of Kieslowski's early films, and it shows that he had previously worked in documentaries, as the film is made in the style of an extended edition of Polish Panorama on the state of the chemical fertiliser industry. There is little of the trademark Polish wit or humour in it (there is one joke where they pull the wool over the foreman's eyes about just how far they are from the plant, and one breathtakingly silly minute when Bednarz leans on a button and can hear an army operative swear loudly and profusely about how ...useless his machinery is), and while a good story, I can't imagine that many people went to see it even in 1970s Poland (and I've had the dubious privilege of watching snippets of Polish TV from the 1970s, thanks to the Telewizja Polska 50th anniversary telethon).
For fans of Polish film, a very young Jerzy Stuhr plays Bednarz' comrade. Stuhr developed into a very good comic actor and some say he reached the pinnacle of his career when he was chosen to play the donkey in the Polish dub of "Shrek", which couldn't be further removed from this dull and undistinguished film.
Kieslowski's later films are much better and much less phlegmatic than this. It is a testament to the openness of pre-Solidarity Poland that this can get away with portraying government ministers in a bad light and question the rampage of industrial blight across the land in an effort to improve the standards of living, but for an evening's entertainment you could do much better even sticking to the same director.
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Lost Kieslowski 25 Aug 2004
By Flipper Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"The Scar" (1976) was Krzysztof Kieslowski's first feature, made as he decided to abandon documentaries for less risky fiction. Veteran Polish actor Franciszek Pieczka plays "an honest man in the system" charged by the party with building a fertilizer plant in a rural town. Kieslowski reportedly considered "The Scar" a failure -- despite Pieczka's fine work, the elegant script and the telling cinematography of Slawomir Idziak ("Black Hawk Down"). Kieslowski's art "was not yet metaphysical," longtime soundman Michal Zarnecki says in one of the extras interviews. The color images (full frame, enhanced for widescreen TVs) and sound are adequate. Subtitles are clear. This is one of four recent additions to Kino's Kieslowski collection -- along with "No End," "Camera Buff" and "Blind Chance" -- all of which show that the Polish master's writing and directing skills arrived almost fully formed when he turned to feature films. Each of the films benefits from a powerful central performance. They are products of the 1970s and '80s, a time of vast sociopolitical changes in Poland, but are not timepieces or simplistic attacks on the communists. Highly recommended despite the director's reservations.
I collect this director and was very happy to have found and purchased this first film of ... 5 Dec 2014
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I collect this director and was very happy to have found and purchased this first film of his..Wonderful story and able to see the development of this director into today's films of his..
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