The Deluge (film)

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Not to be confused with Deluge (film).
The Deluge
Potop plakat.jpg
Directed by Jerzy Hoffman
Written by Jerzy Hoffman
Adam Kersten
Wojciech Zukrowski
Based on The Deluge 
by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Starring Daniel Olbrychski
Małgorzata Braunek
Tadeusz Łomnicki
Krzysztof Kowalewski
Music by Kazimierz Serocki
Cinematography Jerzy Wójcik
Edited by Zenon Piórecki
Release dates
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
315 minutes
Country Poland, USSR
Language Polish

The Deluge (Polish: Potop) is a 1974 Polish-Soviet historical drama film directed by Jerzy Hoffman. The film is based on the 1886 novel of the same name by Henryk Sienkiewicz. It was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 47th Academy Awards, but lost to Amarcord.[1] The film is the third most popular in the history of Polish cinema, with more than 27.6 million tickets sold in its native country by 1987.[2] Further 30.5 million were sold in the Soviet Union.[3]


The film is set in the 17th century during the Swedish invasion of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the years 1655 to 1658, known as The Deluge, which was eventually thwarted by the Polish-Lithuanian forces. However, a quarter of the Polish-Lithuanian population died through war and plague, and the country's economy was devastated.[4]


The original film was digitally restored and shown on Polish TV in December, 2013. For the film's 40th anniversary, a new cut named Potop Redivivus will be released in the Fall of 2014. It is two hours shorter than the original, to make it more accessible to present day moviegoers.[5]


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