Teddy Bear (1980 film)

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Miś (Teddy Bear)
Mis Teddy Bear poster 1980.jpg
Poster for Miś
Directed by Stanisław Bareja
Written by Stanisław Tym
Stanisław Bareja
Starring Stanisław Tym
Barbara Burska
Christine Paul-Podlasky
Music by Jerzy Derfel
Cinematography Zdzisław Kaczmarek
Zespol Filmowy "Perspektywa"
Release date
Running time
111 minutes
Country People's Republic of Poland
Language Polish, English
Quotation from film 'Bear' advertising XXXIV Polish Film Festival in Gdynia 2009

Teddy Bear is the English title of Miś [miɕ], a 1980 cult comedy Polish film directed by Stanisław Bareja.

Teddy Bear, along with The Cruise (Rejs), was a reflection of contemporary Polish society using surreal humor to somehow get past the censorship at the time.


Rysiek (Stanisław Tym, who also wrote the screenplay), the shrewd manager of a state-sponsored sports club, has to get to London before his ex-wife Irena (Barbara Burska) does to collect an enormous sum of money from a savings account the two used to share in happier days.

But getting out of a communist country is never easy, even for a well-connected operator like Rysiek. It seems that Irena has destroyed Rysiek's hard-won passport to strand him in Warsaw while she's off to London, forcing him to craft a Byzantine scheme which involves the production of a movie with his friend. He uses this as an opportunity to track down his look-alike "borrowing" his passport to stop his wife.

Hilarity ensues as Bareja gives the audience a guided tour of the corruption, absurd bureaucracy, pervasive bribery and flourishing black market that pervaded socialism in the People's Republic of Poland.


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