Death of a President
Śmierć prezydenta, 1978, 144 min.
|Gabriel Narutowicz||Zdzislaw Mrozewski|
|Eligiusz Niewiadomski||Marek Walczewski|
|Priest Nowakowski||Henryk Bista|
|Prime Minister Julian Nowak||Czeslaw Byszweski|
|Jozef Pilsudski||Jerzy Duszynski|
|General Jozef Haller||Edward Fetting|
Set at the historic moment of Poland’s rebirth after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter public life, as the first President in the history of the Polish Republic. The film shows the turmoil leading to Narutowicz’s election by the National Assembly divided between Polish Nationalists and the minorities, comprising one third of the population. A few days after the election, the President was assassinated by a fanatic Nationalist while opening an art exhibit.