Netflix braces itself for nationwide backlash from diehard followers over its remake of legendary movie Znachor
Netflix has set the cat among the many pigeons by asserting that it’s engaged on a remake of one of the vital well-known productions within the historical past of Polish cinema.
Znachor (The Quack) is an replace of Jerzy Hoffman’s movie of the identical identify, which has loved a particular place within the hearts of Poles since its launch in 1982.
Hinting on the judgement that the remake is sure to generate, Netflix introduced on its Fb web page yesterday: “Women and gents, Your Honour, that is Leszek Lichota as Rafal Wilczur. Znachor is coming to Netflix within the second half of the yr.”
Each movies are variations of Tadeusz Dolęga-Mostowicz’s well-known novel from 1937 which tells the story of the destiny of Professor Rafal Wilczur, an impressive surgeon, who’s deserted by his spouse and daughter.
He’s crushed up and loses his reminiscence, lastly settling in a small village underneath an assumed identify. He beneficial properties fame when he operates on the misaligned legs of the miller’s son, changing into generally known as a ‘znachor’, a type of rural witch physician.
A few years later, he reconnects together with his daughter in one of the vital shifting scenes ever filmed in Polish cinema.
Hoffman’s movie is such a favorite amongst Poles that information that Netflix is getting ready a brand new model was all the time going to generate sturdy opinions. Some responded positively, claiming that an up to date model on a streaming service will attain a youthful viewers.
Others, in the meantime, imagine that Jerzy Hoffman’s Nineteen Eighties model is sufficient and arduous to enhance on.
The brand new model’s director, Michał Gazda, admitted his fears about taking over such a cinematic legend: “Dołęga-Mostowicz’s novel and its display screen adaptation from 40 years in the past is, with out exaggeration, a legend of Polish tradition.
“And now we – due to Netflix – had the chance to return face-to-face with this legend, which was undoubtedly an ideal directorial privilege, but in addition – let’s not cover it – a artistic concern. In any case, we have been taking part in with a nationwide treasure.”
In the meantime, Leszek Lichota, who performs the lead function of Rafał Wilczur, stated, “I’m from the technology that grew up on the story of Professor Wilczur. I’m very joyful that I may impersonate such an vital determine for Polish tradition.”
“Costume movies are all the time a problem, however I believe the director and the entire crew splendidly mirrored the aesthetics of the Nineteen Twenties and Nineteen Thirties. A world the place honour, arduous work, empathy and romantic love mattered,” he added.
Tadeusz Dolęga-Mostowicz initially wrote Znachor within the Nineteen Thirties as a movie script. After it was twice rejected by producers, he determined to show the ill-fated work right into a novel. The story was printed in episodes, in every day newspapers and shortly aroused nice curiosity amongst readers and producers, who supplied the writer massive sums of cash for the best to display screen it.
It was first made as a movie in 1937, directed by Michał Waszyński, and was thought-about among the finest Polish productions of the pre-war period.
Forty-four years later, in 1982, the story was tailored for the display screen by Jerzy Hoffman, with the lead function going to Jerzy Bińczycki.
The movie has reached a standing nearly akin to House Alone, with Poles not with the ability to think about Christmas with out it being screened on tv.
The character of Wilczur’s daughter Marysia, performed in Hoffman’s movie by Anna Dymna, will likely be performed within the new model of Znachor by Maria Kowalska, her debut in a number one function.
Depend Czyński will likely be performed by Ignacy Liss, which in Hoffman’s movie was famously performed by Tomasz Stockinger.