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Czlowiek na torze (1957)

In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, ... See full summary »

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Wladyslaw Orzechowski
Zygmunt Maciejewski ...
Station-Master Tuszka
Zygmunt Zintel ...
Witold Salata
Zygmunt Listkiewicz ...
Stanislaw Zapora
Roman Klosowski ...
Marek Nowak
Kazimierz Fabisiak ...
Konarski
Ludoslaw Kozlowski ...
Karas
Janusz Bylczynski ...
Warda
Stanislaw Marecki ...
(as Stanislaw Marzec-Marecki)
Józef Para ...
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Stanislaw Jaworski ...
Franek
Celina Klimczakówna ...
Zofia Salata (as Alina Klimczak)
Natalia Szymanska ...
Orzechowska
Józef Nowak ...
Jankowski
Janusz Paluszkiewicz ...
Krokus
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In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, the station master, believes Orzechowski was a saboteur; at least one on the inquiry panel agrees. Zapora, the young engineer on the train that hit Orzechowski, gives more complicated testimony about the dead man - stiff-necked, proud, imperious, critical of Zapora and other younger workers. The signalman at the crossing where Orzechowski died also testifies. Can the panel arrive at the truth in a world where workers unite, inferior coal is a badge of honor, and the old order is suspect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In station-master's flashback that is said to take place 'before World War 2', he is a conductor on a steam locomotive Pt47 introduced in 1947. See more »

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A great film of the "Polish School of Film" movement
27 September 2003 | by (Indianapolis) – See all my reviews

While Andrzej Wajda was shooting `Kanal,' a film that beats the viewer over the head with its obvious point but gives us no reason to care for any of the characters as they trudge through the sewers of Warsaw, the less famous Andrzej Munk was making more subtle, individualistic and intelligently-engrossing films such as `Man on the Tracks' and `Eroica.' In `Man on the Tracks,' an older train engineer from the pre-war generation is mysteriously run over by a train and is subsequently remembered by several other characters through flashbacks. While the engineer represents a Poland that has vanished under Communist rule, the film also works as a wonderful character study, and Kazimierz Opalinski is excellent in the role of the engineer who stubbornly refuses to give in to a new Poland that he detests.


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