Mój stary

Directed by Janusz Nasfeter

Janusz Nasfeter has become famous for his films in which he takes a look at the world from the perspective of the feelings and emotions of children. The protagonist in Mój stary is Paweł Grzela, 12, played by Tadeusz Wiśniewski, who lives with his mother in an old tenement house in Warsaw.

He deeply misses his father, who went to France many years ago. Unfortunately, shortly after the father’s return, the son starts to be ashamed of him. Contrary to the person little Paweł imagined him to be, an admiration-inspiring strongman flexing his muscles during circus performances, his father turns out to be a dog trainer with a limp.

The father is played by top-class actor Adolf Dymsza, and one of the supporting characters is portrayed by native of Toruń Helena Grossówna.

The streets of Toruń

When working in Toruń, the film crew used a tenement house at ul. Szewska 12, and an outdoor location on ul. Wielkie Garbary.


  • The music in the film was composed by Krzysztof Komeda, one of the greatest composers of film music. Among others, he composed the music for “Rosemary’s Baby” by Roman Polański and “Prawo i pięść/The Law and the Fist” by Jerzy Hoffman and Edward Skórzewski, the latter of which was filmed entirely in Toruń.
  • Janusz Nasfeter can be seen in the film in an episodic role, as a Director of the play shown in the film.
  • The film was also shot in Warsaw (inter alia, on ul. Chmielna), and on the Coast of Gdańsk.

Information on the film

Mój stary / My Old Man

Poland 1962, 71′

Directed by: Janusz Nasfeter

Screenplay: Teresa Nasfeter, Janusz Nasfeter

Cinematography: Jerzy Wójcik

Music: Krzysztof Komeda

Produced by: Zespół Filmowy Studio

Copyright: Studio Filmowe Kadr

Cast: Adolf Dymsza, Krystyna Łubieńska, Tadeusz Wiśniewski, Tadeusz Bartosik, Barbara Drapińska, Helena Grossówna, and others.

Important people

Grossówna Helena
Grossówna 3 nac

Grossówna Helena