Polański’s début (Nóż w wodzie reviewed)


Nóż w wodzie (Poland, 1962)

Seen: Sunday, 12th July 2009 (cinema, Lato Filmów festival)
Runtime: 94′
Director: Roman Polanski
Cast: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz
Production House: Zespol Filmowy "Kamera"
Plot: (from imdb)

On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

Scene From The Film

Impressions In Short
Amusing :)

More About the Film
This is Polański’s début film and AFAIK it’s the only film he ever made in Polish. It’s quite a classic and has a pretty interesting background story behind it (I loved going through the trivia on imdb).
It has only three actors (there are no extras) and most of the film happens on the boat, so it’s pretty much the same scenery for the whole film. This really works well for it. And even though there’s not much plot, there’s so much happening “in between the lines” that the film is not difficult to get involved in.
I loved the music (it’s by Krzysztof Komeda) - it’s rather unusual to have an 100% jazz soundtrack for a film that doesn’t specifically tell a story that happens in the world of jazz.
And other than that… well it’s just an enjoyable watch (and a rather funny film).

Yes, I think. If you’re interested in Polański or Polish cinema I think you’ll find it worth seeing :)

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