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The Conductor (1980)

Dyrygent (original title)
A violinist in a provincial Polish orchestra, whose husband is the director of the ensemble, on a visit to the U.S., ties up with the world-renowned symphony conductor. As it turns out, he ... See full summary »


Andrzej Wajda
3 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
John Gielgud ... John Lasocki
Krystyna Janda ... Marta
Andrzej Seweryn ... Adam Pietrzyk
Jan Ciecierski ... Marta's Father
Maria Seweryn ... Marysia
Józef Fryzlewicz ... Governor
Janusz Gajos ... High Official
Mary Ann Krasinski Mary Ann Krasinski ... Marta's Friend
Anna Lopatowska Anna Lopatowska ... Anna
Mavis Walker Mavis Walker ... Lilian
Tadeusz Czechowski ... Tadzio
Marek Dabrowski Marek Dabrowski ... Official
Stanislaw Górka Stanislaw Górka ... Bass Player
Jerzy Kleyn Jerzy Kleyn
Elzbieta Strzalkowska Elzbieta Strzalkowska


A violinist in a provincial Polish orchestra, whose husband is the director of the ensemble, on a visit to the U.S., ties up with the world-renowned symphony conductor. As it turns out, he was once in love with the violinist's mother. The conductor, a slightly unstable hypochondriac, returns to Poland to lead the provincial orchestra. He also tries to revive an old love affair using the violinist as a surrogate of her mother. Her husband is resentful of the conductor for personal and professional reasons. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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When Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman was asked to name eleven movies he had liked the most, he mentioned this movie as one of his all-time favorites. See more »


John Lasocki: [Rehearsing Beethoven's 5th Symphony with Adam's orchestra] We want to perform the music. But what does the music ask from us? My young colleague said he could hear fate knocking at the door. Yes, but at whose door?
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Referenced in Searching for Ingmar Bergman (2018) See more »


Symphony No. 5
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
Conducted by Stanislaw Wislocki
Performed by Narodowa Orkiestra Symfoniczna Polskiego Radia w Katowicach
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Exploration of a musician's psyche
9 September 2018 | by ilovesaturdaysSee all my reviews

I usually don't write a lot of reviews. In fact, it's only my second one. But when i saw that such a brilliant masterpiece didn't have any reviews, i felt that i had to write one. On a superficial level, the movie deals with the perennial battle of new versus old, both in love life as well as professional life. But deep down, the movie is an attempt to differentiate between career & vocation. Everyone's born with some talent. It's what we do with that talent that makes all the difference. I found myself pondering on these extremely important issues upon watching the film. It takes an artistic genius like Andrzej Wajda to understand the world of another artist, a musician in this case. That said, some people may actually find the movie a bit dull and slow. But that's exactly the point, it's not everyone's cup of tea! Needless to say that the music is excellent. A great movie for all music lovers & by extension for all the artists out there! Highly recommended!

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Polish | English

Release Date:

24 March 1980 (Poland) See more »

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