Z miasta Lodzi (1968) - full transcript

This documentary explores the changing faces of the old Polish city of Lodz, and how its modernization, both physically and culturally, affects the older, more conservative residents, many ...

From the City of Lodz

Ladies, time for exercise.

Exercise one.
Assume basic posture.

One, arms out, two, arms down,

three, arms up and four,
back to posture.

One, two three, four...

One, two, three, four...

One, two, three, four...

The arm-stretch.

One, two, three, four,
five, six, seven, eight...

two, two, three, four,

five, six, seven, eight,

three, two, three...

The toe-touch. Left foot.

Two, three, four,

five, six, seven, eight...

three, two, three,
four, five...


Ciuksza Band threatened again

Readers and listeners put up
a fight for Ciuksza Band

As we all know they want to disband
the Ciuksza mandolin orchestra.

This is our orchestra,
the orchestra of the Lodz workers.

lt broadcasts soothing melodies
on the Lodz Radio.

lt has also given numerous
concerts at our factory.

We have filed a protest
against the closure of our band,

our workers' band from Lodz.

They should kick out
the Warsaw New Band first.

They sound like cats on heat.

Those fancy pants with the stupid hats
should get the boot.

l could listen
to Ciuksza night and day.

We demand that Ciuksza stays!

After all our town needs some
decent music, not only...

We want a soothing orchestra.

All that big-beat music
is just for them youths.

Whereas this band we all listen to.

Why aren't they putting Ciuksza
on today.

Some bleeding trombones
and what not.

All that horseplay when
that was lovely and cheered you up.

They hardly ever it put on
but when they do at least we get

a few minutes of fun and leisure.

l admit that when Ciuksza's on
l do nothing around the house,

nothing what so ever.
l stay in and don't budge.

l must listen to the programme.

And when you're down
Ciuksza cheers you up.

lt gives you a bit of vim.

lf they take even that away from us

they might as well take away
our lives.

They lock you up in your old age

and try to take even those
few hours away.

We object to that.

But first of all, Poland is
a workers' country,

and they should let the band stay
for the workers' sake.

We demand that.

Them lot in Warsaw and Katowice
always get the best of everything.

What is Lodz to this country?

Ciuksza has played for,
what's it, forty years.

lt has been nice, and now,
out of the blue,

they made this stupid decision,

whoever that was,
to shut down Ciuksza.

We demand Ciuksza Band,
we want Ciuksza Band,

we want Ciuksza Band,
we want Ciuksza Band.

Long live Ciuksza Band!

Mrs. Gorecka is leaving us today

and we've prepared
a small leaving celebration for her.

With this flower,
we'd like to bid her goodbye.

For many years Mrs. Gorecka worked
in the sorting house,

then she worked
in the bookkeeping department,

a very diligent worker.

So, on behalf of the Plant Committee,
our management and myself,

l'd like to wish you all
the best for the future,

long life and good health.

And l'd like to thank all
my colleagues.

l have worked here over 20 years

and l don't know if
l could work another...

l'd like to but l can't.

On behalf of the youngest weavers

l'd like to wish you good health
and happiness.

l also wish you all
the best for the future.

Don't you forget
to come and visit us.

You've been coming
to work for half seven or half five.

What are you going
to do with yourself now?

Read, go for walks...

l'll finally have a chance to rest.

You'll have time just for yourself.

You'll have to get a decent shag now
and again not to get too bored.

Give the old man a good rub,
brew him some herbal tea,

he'll be fit as a fiddle.

''For she's a jolly good fellow...''

l'd like to give my thanks
to the Women's League

and our Management
for taking good care of us.

We are very grateful
that our company continues

to take good care of us.

That's all from me.

l come from Warsaw.

ln 1945... or four
l went through some really hard times.

When l came to the plant,
as a complete stranger,

people made me feel welcome.

Myself and my husband
got our livelihood here.

l've been working here
for 18 years now.

l've been working in the weaving-mill.
They know me well there

because l used to help out
with the workers' fund.

When someone needed a few bob
in lean times, or had a problem,

they came to Mrs.Wlostkowska.

And that's what
l'm thankful to the plant for,

that they always remember about me

when there's a day trip or anything.

l have a lot of respect.

l think of Lodz as my second hometown.

What could l tell you
that no one else would,

What could l give you
that no other might,

For you, my dearest,
l'd do the best l could.

l want to brighten
your cloudy night.

l want to pave it
with stars just for you,

For you to tread on
as on thistle-down.

What could l give you
that no one else would,

Tell me, love...

Do you know that military one...
''Parachutes, parachutes''


- We have no score to that.
- Anna Kazimierczak

What? Are you here to sing?
No? So, please, go away.

Are you going to sing?
No? Off you go then.

Who's next?

A soldier won't lie to his girl...

tam, ta...ta, tam, tam...

if you don't want a wallop.

Here you are.

When you feel you've had enough
say 'stop'. But don't let go.

l'll switch it off immediately.


- 120 Volts.
- How much did l have?

First time round it really gave me
a jolt.

hold it as hard as you can.

Don't be a chicken.

- 160 Volts.
- You see, you stuck it out.

When you've had enough say
'stop' and don't let go.



220 is as as far as it will go.

A soldier won't lie on his girl

l mean, to his girl.

C minor.

A soldier won't lie to his girl,

Though he won't speak of his fight,

A soldier will go where bullets hurl,

Back home he'll tell of his plight.

Down a beaten road...
... and a forest track

He seeks the red flower
the colour of blood.

He goes for his hour has struck.

''l swear l won't''
Go ahead.

No, no, no,
l won't be that daft

l won't fall in love
l won't be that way. Nay!

No, no, no, l won't be lovelorn
my heart won't be torn

Mum's the word. l won't.

Like water off a duck's back.

He stuck out the whole 220
and wanted more.

Go ahead,
take your chances.

Won't it kill me?

Has it killed anyone yet?

But what if it kills me?

- Go on, have a go.
- Here you are, give it a try.

- l'm scared.
- Scared of what? lt's harmless.

As you can see,

the weather is being kind
to the Polish song.

You will have the pleasure
of listening to the rythm section

led by Zdzislaw Pucek.

You will be instructed by a soloist
from the Warsaw operetta,

Janusz Szudunski. Enjoy.

There's a town under the skies,

Though you'd search the maps in vain,

Where the azure sky never cries

A gloomy Autumn rain,

Where no love is left unrequited,

Where folk dream only good dreams,

Where the silver moon is delighted

To stay bright for you and me.

And now, everybody,
you might try on your own.

Try once again,
from the beginning.

There's a town...

One day in the course of time

Perhaps in our live's fall

We'll live in this good gentle town.

There must be one after all.

Perhaps at the end of the world

There's a town, the best of all towns.

Perhaps it shines like gold,

Or perhaps it shines in us.