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The Peasants (Chlopi)
The Peasants
Actors: Wladyslaw Hancza, Emilia Krakowska, Krystyna Królówna, Ignacy Gogolewski, Bronislaw Pawlik
Director: Jan Rybkowski
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
UR     2006     2hr 46min

Based on the Nobel-prize winning novel by Wladyslaw Reymont, this epic mini-series tells the story of the Boryna family and the other inhabitants of a Mazovian village in turn-of-the-century Poland. The Borynas are farmers...  more »


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Actors: Wladyslaw Hancza, Emilia Krakowska, Krystyna Królówna, Ignacy Gogolewski, Bronislaw Pawlik
Director: Jan Rybkowski
Creators: Marek Nowicki, Jan Rybkowski, Wieslawa Otocka, Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Television
Sub-Genres: Indie & Art House, Love & Romance, Family Life, Television
Studio: Polart
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 12/27/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/1972
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1972
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 2hr 46min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: Polish
Subtitles: English

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Movie Reviews

The story of an immoral woman and the men who lust for her
Richard J. Brzostek | New England, USA | 03/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Peasants (Chlopi) is based on the noble prize winning Polish novel written by Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont. Both the book and the film are well known and considered classics in Poland. The story is full of drama and has stood the test of time.

The story is revolves around the conflicts between a father and his son. They argue over land and a woman. The son wants to take over the farm while his father wants to remain in control of it. Both of them are suborn and equally have their own faults.

But one could equally say that the story is about the woman they both lust after named Jagna. Jagna is a pretty blond woman that slept with at least half the men in the village. The women in the village laugh and deride her while the men seek her out as the "other" women. Over time, the town grows to despise Jagna because her actions cause troubles for them.

Some parts of the movie were no doubt typical events in village life. We get a good look at folk customs, clothing and country life. We even see a couple of scenes of mob rule. I found the film to get more captivating as the story progressed.

I would consider the story to be an epic as it tells us the story over time and runs 166 minutes. The Peasants is a film you must see if you enjoyed other classic Polish films such as Krzyzacy, Potop and Nad Niemnen. Chlopi is one you must get to complete your collection of classic Polish films.