Monday, May 22, 2006

Poland: land of sinners


The Da Vinci Code opens to packed houses around the country.

They were told by the Catholic Church to boycott cinemas this weekend as seeing Dan Brown’s story amounted to committing a sin (see previous post).

But the box office figures for the crucial first weekend audience in Poland shows that The DA Vinci Code is easily one of the most popular film in Poland so far this year.

In multiplexes alone, 279,000 people went to see the sinful movie, which translates into an estimated 350,000 tickets sold overall around the country.

More?
'The Da Vinci Code' proves hit in Catholic Poland, Zeenews, May 23

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Very Important. This is not a joke.
Body: JOIN THE MARCH OF EQUALITY IN WARSAW

The March of Equality will take place on the 10th of June in
Warsaw.

The March of Equality is a political manifestation against
any discrimination of minorities in our society. It is not
only about gay people, but also about the disabled, national
and racial minorities and the rights of women.

The rights of citizens of the European Union are being
trampled by the Polish authorities.

We are fighting for ideas and liberties which are obvious to
the majority of European societies, yet in Poland are still
considered extremist, libertine, perverted etc.

The organizers of the March of Equality have serious reasons
to expect that this year's demonstration will not be
properly protected by the authorities. Year after year,
groups of violent youngsters from right-wing organizations
have been trying to attack the peaceful rallies by throwing
eggs, and even stones or bricks at the protesters. Over the
last two years the mayor of Warsaw, Lech Kaczynski, tried to
use his authority to block the March of Equality. Courts
overruled his decisions. This year, Mr. Kaczynski is no
longer the mayor of Warsaw; he's been elected the president
of Poland.

The process of modernization of our society will take many
years and it is probably impossible to accelerate it. But no
change will ever happen if the public debate fells victim to
political, religious and ideological censorship.

We will execute our civil rights. We will march on the 10th
of June, despite our fear that we will fall victim to
physical violence. The presence of foreign observers will
diminish the threat. It will also have a positive impact on
our society. Poles will realize that the European Union is
not only a sphere of economic liberty but also a
Commonwealth of values. If a society wants to be member of
this Commonwealth, it has to obey its rules. Your presence
at the rally will also demonstrate that the other members of
the EU care about the state of our democracy; that they are
not indifferent towards our problems.

We already know that some MEP's - mostly from the Green
Parties - have openly expressed their support for our
demonstration. Many of them will come to the March.

We hope that this protest will not be treated by the
authorities and public opinion in Poland as an event
organized by the "leftist extremists" as they are being
refered to by the official propaganda. It is very important
to us to underline that our agenda is the mainstream of
European politics, and not extremism. We hope that we will
have a chance to meet and discuss the ways of social
development in our country. We are counting on you!

POLITICAL BACKGROUND

Poland has a new ruling coalition. Six months after last
year's parliamentary and presidential election, three
parties have signed an agreement to rule together. While the
main political power remains in the hands of the Law and
Justice party (PiS), two smaller partners have joined the
government. Both of them received the posts of deputy prime
ministers for their leaders.

The ideology of PiS is right wing, conservative and
nationalist. It won the election thanks to the support of
Radio Maryja, an orthodox-catholic broadcast with strong
influence over frustrated and ill-educated people of rural
Poland. Radio Maryja can be found in annual reports of the
Human Rights Watch as an example of xenophobic and
anti-semitic rhetoric. Aggressive propaganda of RM has led
to public condemnation by the Pope Benedict XVI, but despite
this and many other protests it is still protected by the
political establishment.

PiS would be considered a relic of old-style politics in any
Western-European country, but it is relatively liberal
compared to its two smaller partners.

The League of Polish Families (LPR) is a neo-fascist
movement. Its leaders have often expressed hatred of other
nationalities. Photos have been leaked to the press of their
rallies, where members of the party were using the fascist
salute. Their MEP, Wojciech Wierzejski, is well known for
his violent homophobia. Three days ago, when asked about
next month's March of Equality, he said: "if they [gay
people] decide to come and demonstrate, then they should be
hammered into the ground with baseball bats".

Well, Wierzejski's friend, and leader of LPR, Roman
Giertych, has just been nominated as vice-PM and minister of
education of our country. During a press conference on the
16th of May, he said that he would put an end to the
"promotion of deviation" in Polish schools. Any meetings
between students and activists of the gay movement will be
strictly forbidden.

After Giertych's nomination, a wave of protests swept
through all major Polish cities. Thousands of young people:
high school and university students, parents, alongside with
teachers and intellectuals, took to the streets to show
their opposition to the nomination. Within two days, over 60
000 people signed a letter posted on the Internet demanding
his resignation. In response, Giertych commented that the
protests were organized by left-wing extremists, communists
and the "homosexual lobby". Mr. Wierzejski, again, sent an
official letter to the Minister of Interior, asking him to
investigate the ties between homosexuals, pedophiles and the
drug mafia.

The Self-defense party (Samoobrona) is a political movement
of frustrated farmers. Twelve years ago they started
refusing to pay back their bank loans and their protests
became violent. The charismatic leader of Samoobrona,
Andrzej Lepper, is a cynical political gamester. He is also
a criminal with multiple jail sentences for organizing and
taking part in violent and often bloody riots. Even three
days ago he was sentenced for one and a half years of
probation for throwing public insults at another politician.
He announced that hed appeal to the European Court of
Justice against the Polish state for this sentence. That
means that he will be appealing against himself, since he
just became our deputy PM and head of the Ministry of
Agriculture.

Let's face the facts: Poland is ruled by a coalition of
nationalists, criminals and neo-fascists, unparalleled in
the European Union.

If You have any further questions or remarks, please feel
free to e-mail me at a_lazarkiewicz@mac.com or call me on my
mobile number: (+48)501297344. The Democratic Party of
Poland is not directly involved in organizing the March, but
we are trying our best to support it.

The internet site of the March (with english and german
versions): http://www.paradarownosci.pl
Please, pass this message on to anybody who might be interested.

Antoni Lazarkiewicz,
Partia Demokratyczna (The Democratic Party of Poland),
demokraci.pl

Anonymous said...

Sir,

The fact that you are British who are generally equipped with a pathetically low IQ may explain your lack of ability to comprehend reality. But that mixes ver nicely with your incredible talent to babble and repeat simple statements without adding value or having an original thought.

However, even idiots should be capable of checking facts.

According to stoplatka.pl, "Ice age: the Meltdown" sold 422,611 tickets on the weekend of 31/03. And thats just the first one I checked.

Details here:

http://www.stopklatka.pl/boxoffice/default.asp?bi=2423

Clearly, more than the number you quoted.

Check the numbers. Correct one of them. Of course, no one expects you to think thereafter and draw any interesting conclusions.

sonia said...

Anonymous,

You are a rude bastard! Jestes chamska swinia!

Renegade Eye said...

Anonymous2: What you are doing is called by psychologists projecting. You are accusing others, of your own attributes.

Beatroot is a brilliant analyst.

beatroot said...

Ren, you are very sweet; Sonia, cheers.

The figures that I quoted were given to me by a Polish film distributor on the phone from the Cannes Film festival no less. The 350,000 is an estimate based on seats sold in multiplezes, which are the first cinemas to declare box office for first weekend sales. Usually multiplexes make up about 65% of the market here in Poland, so they usual practice is to add about a third on again and you get thr total.

After I posted, the same person rang and said that the precise figure for the first weekend was 341,000 tickets sold at an average of 200 seats per viewing (the usual is about 50 seats per viewing).

That's the figures I was given....

As regards the Tolerance Parade on Jun 10...yeah, I have already formed the beatrooters of this, thank you.

Michael Farris said...

"After I posted, the same person rang and said that the precise figure for the first weekend was 341,000 tickets sold at an average of 200 seats per viewing (the usual is about 50 seats per viewing)."

It's a good thing the church came out against this, can you imagine how high the box office receipts would be in the catholics were going too?

beatroot said...

I think the catholics are going, Mike. They can't resist it.

Redwine said...

More than 7500 tickets sold in the first two days in this pious city. Not only Catholics worship the opus Brown.

steppx said...

they were lined up here in Lodz !!! (but damn, what a TERRIBLE film...not that one should have expected much).

William said...

I'll comment again:

IT’S JUST A MOVIE! And Opus Dei is NOT secretive! It’s a lay Catholic Organization! It’s got it’s own webpage and everything! What is the matter with people?! The book is FICTION . . . and really not that well written. The book is full of Gnostic crapola!

This overreaction must be because people are bored. The people are bored, the Church authorities are bored. Everyone is just bored. That’s got to be it.

My priest--a Catholic priest--read the book. He likes the mystery. He’s looking forward to the film also. He said one very important thing: ‘Those of faith will be unaffected.’

Come on people: IT’S FICTION!

SarahJane said...

the germans are not too excited, i will attest. but then again, poland and latin america are probably the only places that care.
will probably see it myself, at home in a year or so. smile

sonia said...

William

My priest--a Catholic priest--read the book. He likes the mystery. He’s looking forward to the film also. He said one very important thing: ‘Those of faith will be unaffected.’

Glad to know there are still some real men of faith around... If all priests were like him, it would have been a far better place...

beatroot said...

I would love to be present when Sonia is giving confession!

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