"The Beads of One
Directed by Kazimierz Kutz
Director Kazimierz Kutz, one-time assistant to Andrzej Wajda and member of
the Polish School, directed this endearing dramatic comedy set in his
homeland of Silesia. Cantankerous hero Habryka (Augustyn Halotta) is an
old miner who won many medals over the years for his hard work. Now
retired, he lives proudly with his adorable wife in their family cottage.
When Communist officials begin pushing elderly citizens into newly built
concrete apartments, Habryka refuses despite cajoling from his family and
threats from authorities. "The actors are exceptionally good, especially
Augustyn Halotta, who plays Habryka, and Marta Straszna, who plays his
irritable but adoring wife" (Vincent Canby, New York Times). Also
known as Paciorki Jednego Rozanca. Polish with English subtitles.