Without Anesthesia

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1978
  • Running time: 131 min
Without Anesthesia (alternative English title: Rough Treatment) is the English-language title for the Polish film Bez znieczulenia, released in 1978, directed by Andrzej Wajda. It was entered in the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. According to the screenplay,... read more

Without Anesthesia (alternative English title: Rough Treatment) is the English-language title for the Polish film Bez znieczulenia, released in 1978, directed by Andrzej Wajda. It was entered in the 1979 Cannes Film Festival. According to the screenplay, Without Anesthesia takes place in the 1960s. Jerzy (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz), a well-known journalist and foreign correspondent who reports on wars, revolutions and guerrilla movements in the third world, is a man whose world is falling apart. The main character is based on Ryszard Kapuściński, the prominent Polish journalist and author of the "reportage" school. The film opens with Jerzy sitting in as a celebrity-guest on a mildly idiotic television talkshow, but when he returns home that evening, he finds that his wife has walked out on him, taking their daughter with her, to live with a younger man. On its surface, the film seems to be about Jerzy's attempts to win back his wife, Ewa (Ewa Dalkowska), and to come to some understanding about what went wrong with their marriage. But as is often the case with Polish films[weasel words], what went wrong is inextricably bound up with politics.

Original Release

11/27/1978

US Release

10/09/1979

Cast

Zbigniew Zapasiewicz Jerzy Michalowski
Ewa Dalkowska Ewa Michalowska
Andrzej Seweryn Jerzy Rosciszewski
Krystyna Janda Agata
Emilia Krakowska Wanda Jakowicz / Wanda Jakowicz, przyjaciółka Ewy
Roman Wilhelmi Bronski / Broński
Kazimierz Kaczor Editor-in-chief / Redaktor naczelny
Iga Mayr Ewa's Mother / Anna Łukasik, matka Ewy
Aleksandra Jasienska Olenka
Marta Salinger Gabcia
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Andrzej Wajda

Writers

Agnieszka Holland, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zaleski

Cast

Zbigniew Zapasiewicz Jerzy Michalowski
Ewa Dalkowska Ewa Michalowska
Andrzej Seweryn Jerzy Rosciszewski
Krystyna Janda Agata
Emilia Krakowska Wanda Jakowicz / Wanda Jakowicz, przyjaciółka Ewy
Roman Wilhelmi Bronski / Broński
Kazimierz Kaczor Editor-in-chief / Redaktor naczelny
Iga Mayr Ewa's Mother / Anna Łukasik, matka Ewy
Aleksandra Jasienska Olenka
Marta Salinger Gabcia
Stefania Iwinska Józefa / Józefa, gosposia Michałowskich
Halina Golanko Halina Lukasik / Halina Łukasik, siostra Ewy
Jerzy Stuhr Jerzy Porebowicz / Jerzy Porębowicz, adwokat Ewy Michałowskiej
Magda Teresa Wójcik Joanna Cichon / Joanna Cichoń, adwokat Jerzego
Danuta Balicka Judge / Sędzia
Jolanta Kozak-Sutowicz Stenia
Zygmunt Kestowicz Secretary / Sekretarz redakcji
Tadeusz Andrzejewski
Krzysztof Bauman Student
Teodor Gendera Judge

Producers

Editors

Halina Prugar-Ketling

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