The Strange Case of Delfina Potocka: The Mystery of Chopin (1999)

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Warsaw, 1945. The invading Nazis are gone and, in a symbolic gesture, the preserved heart of Polish composer and national hero Frédéric Chopin is returned. Under German rule, even the ... See full summary »


Tony Palmer


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rhys ... Chopin
Penelope Wilton ... Delfina / Paulina
Valentina Igoshina Valentina Igoshina ... Delfina
Elizabeth McGorian Elizabeth McGorian ... Delfina
John Shrapnel ... Iwaszkiewicz
Patricia Quinn ... George Sand
Corin Redgrave ... Judge
Terence Rigby ... Sydow / Grand Duke
John Bird John Bird ... 1st Official
John Fortune ... 2nd Official
Peter Woodthorpe ... 3rd Official
Vernon Dobtcheff ... Art Gallery lecturer
Michael Gough ... The Doctor
Rebecca Tremain Rebecca Tremain ... Jane Stirling
Brook Williams ... Old Scottish Lord


Warsaw, 1945. The invading Nazis are gone and, in a symbolic gesture, the preserved heart of Polish composer and national hero Frédéric Chopin is returned. Under German rule, even the mention of Chopin was forbidden; now, as the war-battered nation reassembles itself, author Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz recommences work on his biography of the great man. A strange woman contacts him, carrying revelatory letters that she claims the composer wrote her great-grandmother, his lover. But is the woman a fraud? Are the letters forgeries? And since they show Chopin in a less than flattering light, would Poland prefer to suppress them? Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Also Known As:

Chopins Geheimnis - Der seltsame Fall der Delfina Potocka See more »

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Released to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Frédéric Chopin's death. See more »


At 1:45:27, in the funeral scene, Sydow is speaking about Chopin, but then when we cut to a long shot of the coffin being lowered into the grave, he is not speaking (although his voice can still be heard). See more »

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The opening credits make it appear that director Tony Palmer is one of the cast. See more »


Edited from England, My England (1995) See more »

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