Noce i dnie (1975)

  |  Drama, Romance, War

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An epic saga of the Niechcic family, told from a woman's perspective. In 1914 in the war-torn Kaliniec, Barbara Niechcic remembers her youthful love, marriage hardships, family life in the countryside and finally her husband's death.


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23 October 2010 | Galicius
| Realism on an epic scale
"Noce I dnie" (Days and Nights) is the film version of a major Polish novelist Maria Dabrowska's (1889-1965) best novel of the same title. It was published in 1932-34. The novel grew out of nineteenth century realism but the author's work is on an epic scale in its genre and language. The film is a close reading of what Dabrowska wrote. I know of no English translation of the novel yet. The DVD we saw had no English titles however I can't imagine rendering into English the author's linguistic inventions. The author created a language from what was commonly spoken and enriched it by an extensive knowledge of how the language developed over time. This is how the poet Julian Przybos described Dabrowska's linguistic contribution.

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The scene with Józef Tolibowski jumping into water to collect water lilies for young Barbara is widely considered one of the most romantic in Polish cinema. It has been countlessly discussed, quoted and spoofed.

Alternate Versions

Television version of "Noce i dnie" is a mini-series containing of 12 episodes which had its premiere in February 1978 and has been repeated many times since then. It includes almost four hundred minutes of material that was not shown in cinemas. The most notable differences are:

  • scenes with Anna Nehrebecka as Celina Mróczkowna was not included in the theatrical version while in the TV edition Celina is one of the supporting characters (episodes 4, 5, 7 and 8),
  • theatrical version begins with scenes that show burning Kaliniec and Barbara running away. Escaping from the destroying city she remembers her past: her love for Józef Toliboski, meeting Bogumil and their wedding. It is all shown as flashbacks.
  • events in the television version are shown in chronological order despite some flashbacks in episodes 3 and 12
  • episode 1 of the television version begins with the prologue read by Wladyslaw Kowalski. Only his voice can be heard and his name doesn't appear in the credits. The prologue was not included in the theatrical edition.
  • Andrzej May plays Owrucki, the new owner of Serbinowo. He appears in both versions but he is credited only in the credits of the theatrical cut.
  • scenes with Bozena Dykiel as Andzia are included only in the television version (episodes 6 and 10),
  • Irena Kownas and Teresa Lipowska appear in both versions but are credited only in the TV edition,
  • Maria Homerska appears in the TV edition as Mrs. Mioduska-Daleniecka(episode 10) while in the theatrical cut her character in only mentioned,
  • scenes with Mieczyslaw Milecki as Father Komodzinski are included only in the TV version (episodes 9 and 10).


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