Directed by Andrzej Kondratiuk
Produced by Jerzy Rutowicz
Written by Andrzej Bonarski
Andrzej Kondratiuk
Starring Józef Nowak
Wiesław Michnikowski
Roman Kłosowski
Zdzisław Maklakiewicz
Franciszek Pieczka
Music by Waldemar Kazanecki
Cinematography Zygmunt Samosiuk
Release dates
30 April 1971
Running time
70 minutes
Language Polish
Quotation from film 'Hydrozagadka' advertising XXXIV Polish Film Festival in Gdynia 2009

Hydrozagadka (Polish: Hydro-puzzle) is a Polish superhero comedy film. During a summer heat wave, all the water in Warsaw is puzzlingly disappearing. Scientists secretly call upon As (Ace), a superhero who passes his days living as a mild-mannered engineer, to try to solve the mystery. It turns out that a mystery Maharaja is in league with Doctor Spot to steal Poland's water and take it to the Maharaja's country.

The movie was ostensibly created as a Communist parody of the American ideals glorified in Superman and other superhero films, however Polish audiences instead felt that the film humorously parodied aspects of Polish life under Communist rule, such as the many slogans for a "better life."[1]

Hydrozagadka premiered on April 30, 1971 on Polish television.[2]




  1. "Rozmowa umila pracę, porozmawiam z panem" ("Conversation makes work more pleasant, so I will talk to you, sir") Hydrozagadka Filmweb.pl (Polish). Retrieved November 26, 2009.
  2. Hydrozagadka FilmPolski.pl (Polish). Retrieved November 26, 2009.

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