Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie) (1960)

Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie) (1960)





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This film gives a satirical account of a common man's twenty-year life experiences and his attempt to cope in a rapidly-changing world. The story begins with his childhood and accounts his first love affair, that ends when he is caught up in the political climate of the times.
Art House & International , Comedy
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Critic Reviews for Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie)

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... a pointed black comedy that takes potshots at Poland's painful history from 1939 to 1959.

Full Review… | August 15, 2006
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Audience Reviews for Bad Luck (Zezowate szczescie)

it's said that comedy doesn't travel but this polish film is one of the funniest foreign films i have seen. like a comedic version of 'il conformista', it chronicles one man's attempts to fit in, be successful, meet women and find happiness, all of which come to nought as in his view, he is constantly plagued with bad luck. the film covers a lot of ground historically including the years before, during and after ww2 and plays as a satire on poland's heroic view of itself. a bit slapstick for me or i'd give it 5 stars easily. great work by director munk

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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A pretty good comedy with political undertones. As is often the case with Polish films, I felt like a lot of the politics went over my head. It didn't help that there were no subtitles for any of the signage in the movie -- lots of untranslated banners, posters, and newspapers obviously carried some kind of meaning, but it wasn't always easy to decipher from the context. There seemed to be some criticism of the Communist Party (Piszczyk's colleagues are suspicious of him for being too enthusiastic), but it was made while the Communists were in power... so maybe not? Perhaps the Party in Poland wasn't as oppressive as elsewhere. As a comedy, it works quite well. Piszczyk's "bad luck" is largely the result of his own cowardice, deception, pride and duplicity. There's a lot of amusing editing tricks, and Piszczyk's childhood is told as an old-style nickelodeon one-reeler. Kobiela is a very good comic actor, and the rest of the cast is just fine too. Roman Polanski, who was an assistant director on the film, has a tiny role, but since you only see him from far away you'd never know it was him.

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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Cam Casper
Cam Casper

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