IL DIAVOLO Diable – The devil

1972 – 35mm – colore – 119′


Direction: Andrzej Zulawski

Screenplay: Andrzej Zulawski

Cinematography: Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Maciej Kijowski

Editing: Krzysztof Osiecki

Set design: Jan Grandys

Music: Andrzej Korzynski

Makeup: Grazyna Topolska

CastTeleszynski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Małgorzata Braunek, Michal Grudzinski, Iga Mayr, Bozena Miefiodow, Anna Parzonka

Production: Zespól Filmowy “X”



Early Eighteenth Century. Following the decline of the Noble Democracy, the Polish territory has been divided among its neighbouring countries. Jakub, a rebel kept prisoner in a convent, is rescued by a stranger who, after leaving him under the care of a mute and crazy nun, encourages him to regain his land. Back home, Jakub nds out that his father has killed himself and his lands are now the property of a man who claims to be his step-brother. As the latter declares his intention to marry Jakub’s sister, who is following the same path as the mother she never knew, o ering herself to anyone passing, Jakub meets his ex girlfriend, who is about to get married with an old friend of his and his accomplice in the uprising against the tsar. Meanwhile, the stranger keeps following the development of the situation from afar…


“Due to the evident references to current events, such as the student uprising and the University occupation of March 1968, (the lm) was immediately banned by censorship o cials, and so it remained un nished for eighteen years. Zulawski is once again a ected by the destructive adventure of power and violence. (…) For the incredibly accurate portrayal of the protagonist, the representation of a world dominated by deception and ambiguity, for the ever-topical meaning of its warning, this lm may be described as “an ominous story about those who try to change the world with violence… a story of today, not only of yesterday”. (Giuseppe Gariazzo, Grazia Paganelli, Filmcritica n. 533, March 2003)