TAJEMNICA MEDALIONU
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  • Kraj: Polska
  • Rok produkcji: 1922
  • Premiera: 4 VI 1922


Tytuł angielski
MEDALLION'S SECRET
Reżyseria
Scenariusz
Zdjęcia
Produkcja
Film Narodowy

Obsada aktorska:

Helena Sulima , Henryk Rydzewski, Ryszard Sobiszewski, Helena Marcello-Palińska, Maria Hryniewiczówna, Lucjan Jastrzębiec-Kraszewski
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The Polish-Soviet War is ongoing. The cavalry captain Stanisław Borski is wounded and ends up in a nearby court, where Mrs. Starowska and her daughter Marynia take tender loving care of him, while Marynia starts to have feelings for him. A few days later, a soviet army troop attacks the court. It ends up in a firefight. The Bolsheviks takes the cavalry captain out of the building and lead him further into the woods, where they bury him alive in the ground. Marynia prays for his salvage. A passing-by French unit helps the unconscious Borski and takes him to captain Champreux, a commanding officer of French military mission who befriends the Polish soldier.

Communists and workers demonstrate in Warsaw. During the riots, Borski notices a familiar face standing all alone in the crowd. He identifies him as Izydor, a Bolshevik spy who took part in the brutal assault on the Starowski’s manor house. Borski orders a policeman to follow him, but he quickly loses the trail.

Izydor heads straight to the countess Czartońska. He tells her that Borski is still alive, being thus able to denounce them. The countess knows Borski as they have attended several parties together. She invites him to her place, adds sleeping pills to his wine and secretly hides in his cap a passage of a letter she received from the chairman of the Imperialism Union in Berlin, where one reads about a transfer of money for the sake of “gaining mobilization plans, spreading communistic propaganda and paying off agitators whose aim is to turn in the heads of the Polish cattle”.

The countess informs the military authorities that their cavalry captain is a German spy. During the body search, soldiers find the letter hidden in his cap. Borski claims he has no idea about the letter and the case itself. He is arrested though as his fingerprints are found on the paper. His trial is soon unleashed. Despite given evidences from Marynia and Champreux, the judge pleads him guilty and sentences for being executed by firing squad. Champreux, who had a possibility of examining the letter, finds its smell similar to countess’ perfumes. The captain knows the countess from various parties but is eager to learn some more. He goes to the duchess Podhorecka, where he finds out that she only knows the Czartoński family from the memories of her friend – Ms. Drojecka who was deported to the east. Her diary from the times of imprisonment in Moscow was hidden in a medallion and reveals the truth – Iza Czartońska, abused by the bloody Róża Łajbin, died in a prison.

Captain Champreux visits countess Czartońska to denounce her and save Borski. He tells her that Ms. Drojecka came back with a group of repatriated Poles. The terrified woman confesses to be Róża Łajbin. She describes the captain her fate: her father had an inn in Kowno, where he made big money on cooperating with the army. Later on they moved to Berlin, where Róża got a job as a secretary in the Imperialism Union. She was quickly spotted as talented and sent to Moscow to organize a project meant to propagate communism in order to “destroy Poland”. This is the time when she took part in interrogating Polish prisoners.

the above summary is based on an incomplete version of the film, as it has been preserved only fragmentarily.



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