‘1670’ Ending Explained & Series Summary: How Did Jan End Up Owning The Entire Village?


1670 is a Polish satirical comedy series shot in a mocumentary style that revolves around a noble family in the village of Adamczycha. Jan Pawel Adamczewski owned the smaller half of the village, and Andrzej owned the rest. The two despised each other and always tried to find ways and means to prove their superiority. The series mostly deals with Jan and his antics, and we also have the family members to add to the humor. Jan lived with his wife, Zofia, and his three children: two sons and a daughter. His relationship with his wife was rough, and it was only their common hatred for Andrzej that kept them together. Jan’s ambition had always been to own the entirety of the village and to become an important public figure; now, whether he succeeds in doing so or not is what we find out in the course of the eight episodes of 1670.

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Did Stanislaw get married?

Jan Pawel introduces the audience to his family members, who are rightfully typical in their own way. His elder son, Stanislaw, was to inherit his fortune, but his interest in forming a music band made Jan wonder if he would manage to live up to the family name. Jan was boastful of his younger son, Jakub, who had chosen the holy path and had dedicated himself to the service of God. Even though he claimed to be a dedicated servant of God, Jakub had his eyes on Jan’s fortune and secretly hoped that someday he would inherit it. Jakub’s prayers sounded more like orders, and he later faces the camera and explains that he always wanted a stable job, which is why he chose to become a priest. It becomes evident from the start that Jakub is a self-centered man who does not mind indulging in violence once in a while.

Aniela was Jan’s daughter, a smart young woman who rebelled against the oppressive system every now and then. Her parents wanted to marry her off to the son of a magnate, and she was completely against the idea. Jan believed he was a progressive man for wanting to marry his daughter to someone worthwhile, but he failed to realize wealth was not the only criterion his daughter cared about. Always donning black clothes, Jan’s wife, Zofia, was a peculiar woman who taunted her husband for his limited wealth and was living in an unhappy marriage. She experienced a change of heart when, all of a sudden, her elder son brought home Jadwiga, a city girl he wanted to marry. Both Jan and Zofia detested city girls, but for the sake of their son, they decided to invite the merchant family from Wilanow.

Stanislaw was finally happy with the way his life was taking shape. All his friends were married, and from a young age, his only dream was to find himself a woman to spend his life with. Jadwiga was straight out of his dream, but thanks to his family, the meeting turned into a disaster. Jan felt offended when he saw a saber hanging from Cieslaw’s waistband. The blade was a symbol of honor for country folks like him, and he thought it was terrible that a city man wore it just for fashion. Not that Jan had ever used the saber, but he believed he deserved to carry it with him more than Cieslaw did. He felt the need to compete with Cieslaw when he saw the man take over the family dinners. In an attempt to prove that he was more noble than Cieslaw, Jan pulled out his saber. He balanced an apple on the head of the maid working at his house, and just when he was about to strike, the maid moved from her position. Jan ended up cutting off Rozalia’s finger, and the marriage was ultimately called off. It was not just Stanislaw who was heartbroken but also Zofia, who had fallen in love with Rozalia.

What happened to the magnate’s son?

One fine morning, Jan ran into the magnate’s son, whom he intended to marry his daughter to. Jan and Zofia got busy entertaining their special guest, who could barely spend a second without stuffing his nose with white powder. They did not care about his habits as long as he had a title and enough wealth to provide for their daughter. Aniela was presented before the fancifully dressed young man. Henry Lubopolski was impressed, and he introduced himself to his possible match. While Aniela was disgusted by the behavior of the pompous man, her parents were unbothered. They believed being married to a wealthy man was all that their daughter needed, and the relationship between the two families would be beneficial.

Andrzej brought his three daughters to meet the magnate’s son as well. The situation soon turned competitive, and Aniela decided it was time for her to leave. Andrzej and Jan were ready to do anything to win the heart of their potential future son-in-law. Henry was as high as a kite, and he announced that he would want to hold a contest between Henry and Andrzej for the sake of his entertainment. Henry declared that the team that would win him the best supper would earn his respect. Following Henry with his wine jug was the blacksmith’s apprentice, Maciej. He was in love with Aniela, and she, too, adored him. During the hunt, Henry asked Maciej about Aniela, and he initially had only good things to say about her. But once he realized he would lose Aniela if Henry was too impressed, he started to make things up about her. From her having bad breath to her being flat-footed, he said whatever came to his mind in the hopes that Henry would decide not to marry her. But Henry was not as foolish as Maciej assumed him to be. Henry figured out that Maciej was in love with Aniela. Maciej punched him in the face when the Lord made an offensive remark, and he was warned that he would be hanged for his attitude.

Meanwhile, Andrzej and his daughter hunted down a wild boar. Aniela was completely against animal hunting, and they ended up collecting tomatoes for the magnate’s son. Andrzej had also made grand plans after he struck a deal with Cieslaw and Jan felt more competitive now more than ever before. When they heard some movement in the bush, both Andrzej and Jan prepared to be the first ones to hunt down the wild creature. Shots were fired, and to their surprise, the wild beast turned out to be Henry Lubopolski. The son of the magnate was ultimately murdered, and Jan and Andrzej tried to come up with a cover-up story in case someone investigated his sudden disappearance. Jan and Andrzej came up with an idea that involved an elk running into Henry’s carriage. Since Henry was already high, he struggled to keep control of the carriage, and it ultimately crashed into a tree, and he ended up dying on the spot.

What was the result of the murder investigation?

In the last episode of 1670, Jan ran into Cieslaw and Rozalia at a wedding in the village. He expressed his disappointment in finding out that Cieslaw was doing business with Andrzej, but he failed to realize that the merchant had offered him the deal way before when he was too busy showing off his superiority. Meanwhile, Zofia was glad to be reunited with her lover after exchanging letters for quite some time. Strangely enough, their husbands failed to see the romance brewing right in front of their eyes, and they assumed it to simply be a girly friendship. Soon, Jan was informed about the Polish priest who had come to visit the village to investigate Henry Lubopolski’s missing case. Jakub proposed they kill the priest, but it was too outrageous to be considered by his father. Jakub kept the priest busy, while Jan tried to come up with a plan.

The witnesses to the crime were paid off, but the fear of the truth surfacing kept Jan and Andrzej on their toes. Jan packed his bags, fearing the worst, while the priest could sense that someone had silenced the villagers. To his relief, a villager finally promised to show him the place where the nobleman could be found, but the nobleman he was talking about turned out to be Stanislaw. Just when the priest was about to lose all hope once again, he came across Henry’s ring in the forest. The ring caused panic, and Zofia’s alarming remarks caught the attention of the priest. Rozalia requested that she confess the truth, but Zofia believed that there could never be anything more important than family, and she was ready to sacrifice her love to protect her family. The affair ended with an ugly fight, and the husbands were still clueless about their relationship.

Towards the end of 1670, the priest gathered Jan and Andrzej and asked them to confess the truth. It was finally time for them to present the cover story, and it did not take the priest a second to call the bluff. They were given half an hour to come up with the real story. After wondering whom to blame for the murder, Zofia’s brother, Bogdan, came to their rescue. He knew that the punishment for killing a noble was death, but what tempted him to take the offer was the lavish dinner he would get to order before he died. He was a simple man with simple dreams, and a good meal was all that he needed to die peacefully. At the end of the series, when Bogdan announced that he stabbed Henry Lubopolski, the priest asked him to report to the Plock the next day to collect his reward. As it turned out, Henry was wanted dead or alive by the royal court after he murdered someone in cold blood. And that was how the landless Bogdan became a rich man in an instant!

How did Jan end up owning the entire village?

In 1670 finale Episode 8, Jan’s dream finally came true. Andrzej suffered a downfall after he invested in Cieslaw’s business. King Wisniowiecki had passed a law that, henceforth, would confiscate the assets of noblemen who had invested in bourgeois businesses. The new law turned out to be beneficial for Jan. Andrzej was ready to sell his half of Adamczycha, and Jan could finally be the sole owner of the village. Had Jan paid more attention to Cieslaw, he would have lost his wealth as well. Surprisingly, his approach to life was the reason he was finally able to live his dream. Maybe luck truly does favor in the strangest possible way. Even after being involved in a murder and chopping off a lady’s finger, Jan managed to achieve all that he dreamed of. He might not be a figure worth writing books for, but maybe in some corner of history, there will be a brief mention of the eccentric noble family who owned all of Adamczycha.

During 1670‘s ending, Aniela and Maciej finally confessed their feelings for one another, and the two shared a kiss. Their relationship will not be easy, but rest assured the rebel daughter will find her way to happiness. Zofia’s sacrifice was technically not necessary, considering how confessing the truth would have only resulted in a reward, but it was too late, and the love was gone. The show finally ends with Adamczewski posing for a family portrait. They were now more influential than before, but the internal conflicts remained intact, as they are in most families.

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Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni has worked as a film researcher on a government-sponsored project and is currently employed as a film studies teacher at a private institute. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Film Studies. Film History and feminist reading of cinema are her areas of interest.

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