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The Story Of Sin [DVD]

Grazyna Dlugolecka , Jerzy Zelnik , Walerian Borowczyk    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Grazyna Dlugolecka, Jerzy Zelnik, Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Roman Wilhelmi, Marek Walczewski
  • Directors: Walerian Borowczyk
  • Writers: Walerian Borowczyk, Stefan Zeromski
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Nouveaux
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002849ZC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,526 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Tragic romance based on the turn-of-the-century literary classic 'Dzieje Grzechu' by acclaimed Polish writer Stefan Zeromski. Eva (Grazyna Dlugolecka) is a beautiful young Polish girl whose passionate affair with a married man leads to betrayal, infanticide and prostitution. Following her lover across Europe to Rome, where he has gone with the stated intention of divorcing his wife, Eva falls prey to the schemes and traps of various wicked and abusive men she encounters along the way, with ultimately tragic consequences.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Polish ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: A beautiful Polish girl whose lover has gone to Rome to seek a divorce from his previous wife travels around Europe in search of him and suffers a variety of tragic adventures as the men around her try to fit her into their own selfish schemes. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...The Story of Sin ( Dzieje grzechu )

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
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Normally I really hate it when a piece of great 'classical' music is used on a film soundtrack, and for a whole lot of reasons. Herzog and John Boorman have ruined most of their films for this reason. Think of 'Nosferatu' and 'Excalibur'. If you don't know the music you are lucky and it might not be so bad but even then, if you are good with music, you should notice there is something wrong.
This film, however, manages to pull it off triumphantly. No other piece of specially written music could have worked so well as Mendelsohn's Violin Concerto does. The result is one of the most unforgettable, beautiful, lyrical sex scenes I have ever seen. It explodes onto the screen in sound and images that are as near to ecstatic as seems possible. It even provides a valuable insight into the concerto. The violin is well enough recorded for the time , so full and strong, that it is possible to internalise it in a surprising way. And it is perhaps surprising in itself that the violin can so well represent sexual ecstasy - but high frequency sound is something this scene shares in common with the justly famous airoplane sex scene in 'Emmanuelle 1'.
When I say 'beautiful' and 'lyrical' don't imagine that it is not essentially and strongly erotic because that of course is the whole point. There are plenty of Hollywood sex scenes trying to be lyrical and beautiful but they miss the mark and end up with something that is just kitsch and sexually dishonest. And that sort of thing is so common because it is so easy to do. A scene like this needs to be disturbing and surprising in some way for it to be of real value. See my reviews of comparable scenes in other films such as 'The Postman Always Rings Twice'.
And again, lyrical it may be but smooth and polished this scene is not.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor film which i couldn 5 July 2014
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Very poor film which i couldn,t follow most of the time with an annoying commentary most of the time
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rough melodramatic realities 16 May 2012
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74uk Story of a sin (Dzieje grzechu) by Walerian Borowczyk (1975, 130')

Some films are review minefields, but one should occasionally accept even challenges with big odds, especially if it is for some totally reception problem ridden and hence multiply misrepresented work of collective national genius like Dzieje grzechu: The only Poland-produced film by Polish director Walerian Borowczyk, after the novel by Polish novelist Stefan Zeromski (1864-1925), which had first appeared as a newspaper serial in 1908, then as movies in 1911 and 1933. The all Polish film crew is headed, in the role of Ewa, by the stupendous young Polish actress Grazyna Dlugolecka (*1951)''''. Underlying music is the Violin concerto in e minor op 64 by (oops, German) Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, performed by Konstanty Andrzej Kulka and the Polish Orkiestra Filharmonii Narodowej, conducted by Jerzy Katlewicz'.''

Before killing the child she had from a married man, a young woman is forced to become the mistress of a criminal who has her work as a prostitute. She will die in the arms of he first lover. Ewa, a religious young virgin, burns from love for Lucas, who is in the process of divorce. Via the elements of melodramatic style around 1900, this becomes a stylized and tearful story of a young woman becoming a child murderess out of love. Daughter of minor land owners, Ewa leaves her familiy and travels throughout Europe in pursuit of her love, Lucas. Her violent passion lets her fall ever deeper: she kills two people, becomes a prostitute out of her own will, and loses her own life in trying to shield her lover from a bullet.

Story of a sin is the only full length film Borowczyk (1923-2006), famous graphic artist, sculptor and film maker, ever turned in his native Poland.
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Glad I watched it but a little disappointed 20 Mar 2010
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I read the book first and liked it very much. As usual, I wanted to compare with the film adaptation. I think the events and characters were selected very well, it's never possible to keep all the content in a movie. However, as I am a period drama freak, I could not accept the inacurracies of the costumes used. The only thing I would say in their defence in this matter - Poland generaly wore poor clothes at that time so can't really be surprised. It was the drawback of all movies from tha era ...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Contains one of the most ecstatic (but brief) sex scenes I have ever seen, 24 Oct 2012
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Normally I really hate it when a piece of great 'classical' music is used on a film soundtrack, and for a whole lot of reasons. Herzog and John Boorman have ruined most of their films for this reason. Think of 'Nosferatu' and 'Excalibur'. If you don't know the music you are lucky and it might not be so bad but even then, if you are good with music, you should notice there is something wrong.
This film, however, manages to pull it off triumphantly. No other piece of specially written music could have worked so well as Mendelsohn's Violin Concerto does. The result is one of the most unforgettable, beautiful, lyrical sex scenes I have ever seen. It explodes onto the screen in sound and images that are as near to ecstatic as seems possible. It even provides a valuable insight into the concerto. The violin is well enough recorded for the time , so full and strong, that it is possible to internalise it in a surprising way. And it is perhaps surprising in itself that the violin can so well represent sexual ecstasy - but high frequency sound is something this scene shares in common with the justly famous airoplane sex scene in 'Emmanuelle 1'.
When I say 'beautiful' and 'lyrical' don't imagine that it is not essentially and strongly erotic because that of course is the whole point. There are plenty of Hollywood sex scenes trying to be lyrical and beautiful but they miss the mark and end up with something that is just kitsch and sexually dishonest. And that sort of thing is so common because it is so easy to do. A scene like this needs to be disturbing and surprising in some way for it to be of real value. See my reviews of comparable scenes in other films such as 'The Postman Always Rings Twice'.
And again, lyrical it may be but smooth and polished this scene is not. It is filmed with unstable hand held camera (this is an early 70's film before steadycam) and the effect of lyricism is produced by the beauty of the girl's body itself and its movement, and of course the intense lyricism of the violin. The camerawork itself has all the fumbling, jerky quality that passionate first-time sex has so often in real life.

The story is based on a classic Polish realist novel about a girl from a respectable family fallen on hard times who falls in love with a lodger and has a baby by him and without him being aware of what has happened as a result of having moved to another city. She has the baby suddenly and alone and disposes of it straight away. This is the 'sin' which sends her on a downward spiral into the criminal underworld in a typical late 19thc manner. The film has a convincing realist look throughout despite or perhaps because of various references to contemporary schools of painting. As always Boro likes to observe the texture and surfaces of things like such painters.
But what is in the end important about the film is the element of transcendance that is occasionally present through the music I have mentioned or through the beauty of some of the visual images and the girl herself.
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