After me, Deluge. Hoffman known and unknown. Review of the films by Jerzy Hoffman


Jerzy Hoffman has as many shades as popular nowadays Grey: in "Colonel Wolodyjowski’" he’s epic, in "Gangsters and Philanthropists" he is witty, in "The Law and the Fist" Western-like, in "Look out, Hooligans" he is socially committed, in "Piątka z Kalwarii" [The Five from Calvary] – religious, in "Jaś i Małgosie’"[John and Margarets] he’s holiday-ish erotic and in "Ojciec" [The Father] deceptively parental.

Join us for the review of Hoffman’s movies in The National Film Archive's Iluzjon Cinema!

Jacek Szczerba, the author of the book: After me, the "Deluge" – conversations with Jerzy Hoffman about making movies, women and living in style, among others things.

Every feature film screened during the review has been scanned in the highest resolution 4K  from the original production footage and submitted to digital restoration under the surveillance of National Film Archive.

The new restored digital version of the film ‘Colonel Wolodyjowski’ will be shown on the big screen for the first time!


Digitally restored feature films will be screened with English subtitles:  


Screenings/ MAŁA CZARNA

Rezerwacja/zakup biletu 20.10 godz. 18:00/ 6 p.m.      „Potop Redivivus”/ "Deluge Redivivus"

                                                 reż/ dir. Jerzy Hoffman, Polska/ Poland 1974185’

Rezerwacja/zakup biletu 21.10 godz. 18:00/ 6 p.m       „Pan Wołodyjowski”/ "Colonel Wolodyjowski"

                                                reż/ dir. Jerzy Hoffman, Polska/ Poland 1969,153’

Rezerwacja/zakup biletu 22.10 godz. 18:00/ 6 p.m       „Prawo i pięść”/ "The Law and the Fist"

                                                 reż/ dir. Jerzy   Hoffman, Polska/ Poland 196493’

Rezerwacja/zakup biletu 24.10 godz. 18:00/ 6 p.m       „Gangsterzy i filantropi”/ "Gangsters and Philanthropists"

                                                    reż/dir. Jerzy Hoffman, Polska/ Poland  1962 86’                   

Tickets / Bilety:

Discount / Ulgowe – PLN 15; Standard /Normalne  – PLN 17


Reservation /Rezerwacje:

Kino Iluzjon; ul. Narbutta 50a; 02-536 Warszawa

Phone – 22 848 33 33;



"Colonel Wolodyjowski", 153’ Poland 1969 (English subtitles)

dir.: Jerzy Hoffman; screenplay: Jerzy Lutowski, J. Hoffman; camera: Jerzy Lipman; cast: Tadeusz Łomnicki, Magdalena Zawadzka, Mieczysław Pawlikowski, Jan Nowicki, Barbara Brylska, Daniel Olbrychski, Władysław Hańcza  

The screen adaptation of the third part of the Trilogy by Henryk Sienkiewicz, the author of Quo vadis and Nobel Prize winner.

The year 1668. After the death of his beloved fiancée, colonel Michal Wolodyjowski decides to enter a monastery. A clever plan of his old companion, Lord Zagłoba, makes Wolodyjowski regain the will to live – he falls in love again and returns to active duty under the command of hetman Sobieski. His task is to hold the fortress of Chrepty where he has to defend against Tartars. Azya Mellechowicz is one of colonel’s soldiers and a Tartar, the son of Tugay Bey. He is going to betray the Commonwealth but first he wants to win Wolodyjowski’s wife over – even by force…

Colonel Wolodyjowski – great Polish blockbuster of the late 1960’s –  vividly reflects 17th century reality and shows epic mass scenes. Many performances has gone down in history of Polish cinematography and the title role played by Tadeusz Łomnicki became legendary and made the actor very popular.


"Colonel Wolodyjowski"


"Gangsters and Philanthropists", 86’, Poland  1962 (English subtitles)

dir. and screenplay: Jerzy Hoffman, Edward Skórzewski; camera: Jerzy Lipman; cast: Wiesław Michnikowski, Hanka Bielicka, Gustaw Holoubek, Jacek Hahn, Janusz Hahn, Gustaw Lutkiewicz, Mirosław Majchrowski, Wojciech Rajewski

A two-novel film. Novel (1) A respected thief – called the Professor – plans a robbery on a wagon containing the daily take of the Central Goods House. Everything goes as planned until it is time to run from the scene… Novel (2) Anastazy Kowalski, a chemist who is tired of his everyday life, makes a mistake and is fired from work. In order to drown his sorrow he goes to a bar and in absent-mindedness puts an alcoholmeter into a glass of vodka. People mistake him for a restaurant inspector and he receives a bribe. After this incident he comes up with an idea for a way to make his life more interesting…


"Gangsters and Philanthropists"


"Deluge Redivivus", 185’, Poland 1974-2014, (English subtitles)

dir.: Jerzy Hoffman; screenplay.: J. Hoffman, Adam Kersten, Wojciech Żukrowski; camera.: Jerzy Wójcik;cast.: Daniel Olbrychski, Małgorzata Braunek, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Kazimierz Wichniarz, Leszek Teleszyński

The screen adaptation of the second part of the Trilogy by Henryk Sienkiewicz, the author of Quo vadis and Nobel Prize winner. Deluge deals with the adventures of cadet officer Andrzej Kmicic and his love for the beautiful Olenka, set against the historical background of the Swedish invasion of Poland (1655–1660). Kmicic sympathizes at first with the aristocratic Radziwills who collaborate with the invaders, but soon realizes that he can’t support traitors who only think about protecting their own interests. Eager to redeem his sins and win back Olenka’s heart, he tries to kidnap Prince Boguslaw Radziwill and bring him before the Polish King’s face. But the Prince wounds Kmicic and frees himself. Having healed and changed his name to Babinicz, Kmicic wins fame for his heroic deeds during the siege of the Czestochowa Monastery. But will that be enough to make Olenka forgive him?

Deluge was one of the greatest box office successes in the history of the Polish cinema. In 1975 it was nominated for the Oscar award.

Deluge Redivivus – Latin for ‘revived’ – was created at the initiative of the National Film Achive. The restored five-hour version served as basis for a new director’s cut. The editing was done by Marcin Kot Bastkowski under the artistic supervision of the director, Jerzy Hoffman, and Jerzy Wójcik, the cinematographer.


"Deluge Redivivus"


"The Law and the Fist", 92’, Poland, 1964

dir: Jerzy Hoffmann, Edward Skórzewski; screenplay: Józef Hen; camera: Jerzy Lipman; cast.: Gustaw Holoubek, Jerzy Przybylski, Ryszard Pietruski, Zbigniew Dobrzyński

Based on: Józef Hen, ‘Toast’
Andrzej Kenig wants to start his life over after the war. He goes to Siwowo, where he is to it guard from looters. He meets doctor Milecki, who starts to behave strangely once he gets to know him. When Kenig realizes that Milecki is the leader of a gang of looters and the chances of him being caught by the police are faint, he decides to work alone…


"The Law and the Fist"