|Richard J.Brzostek - 05/02/2007
The Game of Politics from Eulogizer to Politician, November 9, 2004
"The Career of Nikos Dyzma" (2002) is a comedy about an undertaker/eulogizer (as played by Cezary Pazura, who also stars in "Tato," Sara," and "Happy New York") whose life takes a dramatic turn when he signs for the mail of a deceased politician. The letter he signed for is an invitation to a party for wealthy and powerful figures. At the party, Nikos puts the Vice-Premier in his place after he bumped into Nikos, knocking over his salad. This action gains him the respect and admiration of the room, as the Vice-Premier was not well liked -- opening the way for Nikos into the world of politics.
The wives of the politicians are all interested in Nikos as their husbands are all much older and impotent. Gaining the liking of the politicians' wives only provides Nikos with valuable political information and the power of the wives to influence their husbands.
A reoccurring political comment that Nikos makes in the film is for the people to buy and use Polish made products, despite lower costing imports, so that their own people will have jobs. The working people see the truth in this idea and look favorably upon Nikos for supporting them. Nikos also gave great eulogies, a skill he now uses for political speeches that move the people.
"The Career of Nikos Dyzma" is directed by Jacek Bromski. The film is in Polish, but has optional English subtitles. Special features include the trailer, bios, photo gallery, and a short piece on the making of the film (spoken in Polish with no subtitle option). This 105 minute film has several popular Polish actors, such as Anna Przyblska (who stared in "Sucker Season" and "Superprodukcja") and Katarzyna Figura (who stared in "Zemsta," "Happy New York," and "Pianist"). The Career of Nikos Dyzma" would easily get an "R rating" by American standards for nudity.
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