Pisarek Family Archive

collection Pisarek Family Archive
authors Walery Pisarek
starring Marian Chaciewicz; Wanda Chaciewicz z Bagińskich; Walery Pisarek; Krystyna Pisarkowa; Felicja Myszurska; Joanna Arvaniti z domu Myszurska; Alicja Budzyńska z domu Myszurska; Elżbieta Romanowska z domu Myszurska; Dorota Krzywicka-Kaindel
length 15'32
location Poland
year 1961
format 8 mm
color black and white
signature PAFD 0005 002
source of funding Polish Film Institute

Walery Pisarek was a well-known linguist, media expert and popularizer of science. He bought a camera in the early 60s, during a business trip to Hungary, where he went as the artistic director of the Song and Dance Ensemble of the Nowa Huta community centre. 

Part 1 

Fiction film entitled Punished Lust, made in Masuria probably in 1961. 

Shots of a waterfall and ruins of a castle. A bandit kayaks across the lake, arrives at a small beach and kidnaps the woman he meets there. He restrains her and ties her to a tree with a rope. Shots of elephants knocking down trees from an Indian film. The woman is saved by an Indian, who shoots the kidnapper with a bow. A short shot of the wedding, taken from an Indian film. The role of the woman and the bandit are portrayed by Krystyna Pisarek, and the Indian is played by her husband, Walery Pisarek. 

Part 2 

Fiction film entitled Father’s Return based on the ballad by Adam Mickiewicz. The film was made in Jaszczów, in the family estate of Walery Pisarek, in the summer of 1961. The mother (played by Walery Pisarek’s mother, Wanda Chaciewicz) persuades her four daughters to go and pray to St. Mary for their father’s happy return home. The roles of the girls are: Joanna (Myszurska) Arvaniti, Alicja (Myszurska) Budzyńska, Elżbieta (Myszurska) Romanowska and Dorota (Pisarek) Krzywicka-Kaindel. A robber lurks by the road waiting for an oncoming cart. The girls decorate the statue of St. Mary with flowers gathered along the way and pray. The girls interrupt their prayer and run along the road towards an oncoming cart, on which their father (played by Marian Chaciewicz) travels with a coachman (played by Joanna Arvaniti). The tender welcome with the dad is interrupted by robbers (played by Wanda Chaciewicz, Krystyna Pisarek and Felicja Myszurska) with the leader of the gang at the head (played by Walery Pisarek). After a short conversation, the leader of the robbers shows mercy and allows the father and daughters to go home and he hides himself in the bushes by the road. 

(AT, KN)



keywords Poland; Masuria; Jaszczów; fun; fiction film; Indian; kayak; robber; robbers; robbery; family; children; chapel; flowers