- 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0000AQVIN
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,930 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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The Scar [DVD]
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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 towns 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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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.Read more ›