Memoirs of a Sinner

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Memoirs of a Sinner
Memoirs of a Sinner.jpg
Directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has
Written by Michal Komar
Based on The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner
by James Hogg
Starring Piotr Bajor
Maciej Kozlowski
Janusz Michalowski
Hanna Stankówna
Ewa Wiśniewska
Music by Jerzy Maksymiuk
Cinematography Grzegorz Kedzierski
Edited by Barbara Lewandowska-Conio and Wanda Zeman
Distributed by Zespol Filmowy "Rondo"
Release dates
  • 20 October 1986 (1986-10-20)
Running time
114 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Memoirs of a Sinner (Polish: Osobisty pamiętnik grzesznika przez niego samego spisany) is a 1986 Polish film directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, starring Piotr Bajor. The film is an adaptation of The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824) and tells the tale of the protagonist Robert and his doppelganger.


Robert (Piotr Bajor) is exhumed from the grave by a gang of grave robbers and is forced to recount his lifestory - a struggle between good and evil, embodied in his doppelganger whom he eventually kills.[1]



The film was filmed in the village of Klęk in the Polish province of Łódź.[2]


The film was released on 20 October 1986. Jerzy Maksymiuk's score won the award for Best Score at the 1986 Polish Film Festival.

The critical perspective[edit]

Has maintains the strangeness central to the novel, although he tends to focus on the creation of unease, intrique and beautiful images rather than Hogg's satire on Calvinist predestination.[3]

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