The residence of the Lodz factory owner, Karol Scheibler, owes its present palatial shape to a reconstruction from 1884 to 1887, carried out to a design by Warsaw architect Edward Lilpop. The building’s relatively modest, neo-Renaissance-style exterior contrasts with the extremely rich and varied interior design. Elements of the impressive equipment were imported from Berlin, Dresden and even Paris. No wonder, then, that elegantly decorated rooms that can serve as ready-made sets have been attracting film crews for years. Since 1986, the palace has been the home of Poland’s only the Film Museum of Łódź. The pride of the Museum’s collection is the Imperial Panorama, popularly known as the photoplasticon, which also had its film episodes. Since 2006, the Kinematograf Cinema, a member of the Studio Cinema Network, has been operating in the former carriage house building.

“The Promised Land” 

directed by Andrzej Wajda, 1974


We can admire the interiors of the Museum of Cinematography in Wajda’s film at least twice. The first time the factory owner Müller (Franciszek Pieczka) shows his palace to Karol Borowiecki (Daniel Olbrychski), proudly displaying his wealth and thus trying to convince him to marry his daughter, Mada (Bożena Dykiel). The second time we can see the mansion is in one of the last scenes of the film, when Borowiecki, already as a respectable ‘lodzermensch’ and host of the palace, holds a ball, while outside the windows of the palace, violent events related to the workers’ strike take place. After a thrown stone falls inside, Borowiecki makes the decision to shoot at the strikers.

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