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Director: Andrzej Wajda     Starring: Zbigniew Cybulski
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Format: DVD
Sku: 210881591
UPC: 715515046817
UPC 14: 00715515046817
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The tragic story of a polish resistance fighter who makes a terrible mistake: he assassinates the wrong man on the last day of WWII.
Editor's Note
Andrzej Wajda's adaptation of Jerzy Andrzejewski classic novel comprises the third part of the director's World War II trilogy. Set in the immediate postwar era of 1945, the film stars Zbigniew Cybulski as Maciek Chelmicki, a gunman for the Polish underground. When he and another operative, Andrzej (Adam Pawlikowski), ambush a jeep in which the new Communist party secretary, Szczuka (Waclaw Zastrzezynski), is supposed to be arriving, they find that he was never in the jeep. Maciek's superiors in the underground order him to make another attempt on Szczuka's life, and both Maciek and his target end up checking into the same hotel. While waiting to take down his quarry, Maciek has a fling with a barmaid, Krystyna (Ewa Krzyzanowska), that makes him question his commitment to the cloak-and-dagger life of the underground. A party celebrating the liberation goes on in the ground floor convention room, ironic for Maciek, who knows that a new war is just beginning. At daybreak, he leaves the barmaid and goes to execute his orders. Widely regarded as the best of Wajda's early films, the powerful antiwar statement features extraordinary work by the short-lived Cybulski, often described as the Polish James Dean.


Video Features DVD, English, Subtitled, Black & White

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Image Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/16/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 103 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1958
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 016
Video UPC UPC: 00715515046817
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Zbigniew Cybulski
Video Cast Info Ewa Krzyzanowska - Featured
Video Cast Info Andrzej Wajda - Director

Professional Reviews

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "The film's shot with austere beauty in black and white, yet its moral judgments are anything but simplistic." 07/01/2007 p.138

Sight and Sound
"[I]t's canny, engrossing and ice-cool." 12/01/2011

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Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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