The Deluge (film)

The Deluge (Polish: Potop) is a 1974 Polish historical drama film directed by Jerzy Hoffman. The film is based on the 1886 novel of the same name by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 47th Academy Awards, but lost to Amarcord.[1] The film is the third most popular in the history of Polish cinema, with more than 27.6 million tickets sold in its native country by 1987.[2] Further 30.5 million were sold in the Soviet Union.[3]

The Deluge
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Directed byJerzy Hoffman
Written byJerzy Hoffman
Adam Kersten
Wojciech Zukrowski
Based onThe Deluge
by Henryk Sienkiewicz
StarringDaniel Olbrychski
Małgorzata Braunek
Tadeusz Łomnicki
Krzysztof Kowalewski
Music byKazimierz Serocki
CinematographyJerzy Wójcik
Edited byZenon Piórecki
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
315 minutes
CountryPoland, USSR


The film is set in the 17th century during the Swedish invasion of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the years 1655 to 1658, known as The Deluge, which was eventually thwarted by the Polish-Lithuanian forces. However, a quarter of the Polish-Lithuanian population died through war and plague, and the country's economy was devastated.[4]


The original film was digitally restored and shown on Polish TV in December, 2013. For the film's 40th anniversary, a new cut named Potop Redivivus was released in the Fall of 2014. It is two hours shorter than the original, to make it more accessible to present day moviegoers.[5]


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  1. ^ "The 47th Academy Awards (1975) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  2. ^ Haltof, Marek. Polish National Cinema. Berghahn Books (2002). ISBN 9781571812766. p. 97.
  3. ^ Потоп.
  4. ^ A Commonwealth of Diverse Cultures - Poland's Heritage
  5. ^ "Jest już pierwszy zwiastun "Potop Redivivus". Zobacz fragment odświeżonego klasyka Jerzego Hoffmana". Gazeta Wyborcza. 2014-08-22.

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