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Kanal (1957)

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Teresa Izewska Teresa Izewska
'Stokrotka'
Tadeusz Janczar Tadeusz Janczar
Ens. Jacek 'Korab'
Emil Karewicz Emil Karewicz
Lt. 'Madry'
Vladek Sheybal Vladek Sheybal
Composer Michal
Janina Jablonowska Janina Jablonowska
Screaming Woman in the Sewer
Jan Englert Jan Englert
Zefir
Kazimierz Dejunowicz Kazimierz Dejunowicz
Capt. 'Zabawa'


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5 years, 5 months ago at Sep 23 15:58
Wajda maintains the rythm, the despair, the nihilism; the war reaches a basement phase here and has strong images
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September, 1944. It's the 56th day of Warsaw's uprising against the Nazis. The third Platoon of the Resistance is down to 43 heroic men and women, and they're penned in. After a last day of fighting, and of good-byes to family, to love making, and to music, a handful of doomed survivors wade into the city's underground sewers in hopes of escape. Their valor is tested a final time.
Release date: 20 April 1957
UPC: 644527214290
Tags: Poland (6), 1957 (4), Polish (4), 1950s (4), Drama (3), War (3), Sewer (3), World War II (3), Black And White (2), Resistance (2), WWII (2), Criterion (1), Foreign Language (1), Occupation (1), 1950's (1), 50's (1), Nazi (1), Not Foreign Language (1), FE (1)
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"Certainly a rousing success in it's anti-war tone and messaging, I found myself needing more from Kanal despite quite enjoying it. It never feels as much like horror as it should, as the cinematography doesn't quite manage to nail the claustrophobia in the sewers, which has a ripple effect of downplaying the paranoia and insanity they create. That being said, it isn't a film without effective terror: The way people treat each other in these situations becomes supremely clear as social norms begi"


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