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Release Date:
20 April 1957 (Poland) See more »
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A symbolic depiction of hell on Earth, set in the last days of the Warsaw uprising in 1944. Lieutenant... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
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Films Boutique Acquires Wajda’s ‘Walesa’ (Exclusive)
 (From Variety - Film News. 21 August 2013, 7:40 AM, PDT)

Venice to Pay Tribute to Andrzej Wajda
 (From Variety - Film News. 21 August 2013, 2:50 AM, PDT)

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Cast

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Teresa Izewska ... Stokrotka
Tadeusz Janczar ... Ens. Jacek 'Korab'
Wienczyslaw Glinski ... Lt. 'Zadra'
Tadeusz Gwiazdowski ... Sgt. 'Kula'
Stanislaw Mikulski ... Smukly
Emil Karewicz ... Lt. 'Madry'
Vladek Sheybal ... Michal 'Ogromny', the composer (as Wladyslaw Sheybal)
Teresa Berezowska ... Halinka
Zofia Lindorf ... Old woman looking for her daughter
Janina Jablonowska ... Woman
Maria Kretz ... Wounded Woman
Jan Englert ... Zefir
Kazimierz Dejunowicz ... Capt. 'Zabawa'
Zdzislaw Lesniak ... Maly
Maciej Maciejewski ... Lt. 'Gustaw'
Adam Pawlikowski ... SS Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ryszard Filipski ... Polish Soldier (uncredited)
Wladyslaw Kowalski ... Polish Soldier (uncredited)
Kazimierz Kutz ... Insurgent at Canal (uncredited)
Ewa Wisniewska ... Girl giving water (uncredited)
Tomasz Witt ... Polish Soldier (uncredited)
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Directed by
Andrzej Wajda 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski  screenplay
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski  story

Original Music by
Jan Krenz 
 
Cinematography by
Jerzy Lipman 
 
Film Editing by
Halina Nawrocka 
 
Production Design by
Roman Mann 
 
Set Decoration by
Leonard Mokicz 
 
Costume Design by
Jerzy Szeski 
 
Makeup Department
Halina Ber .... assistant makeup artist (as H. Turant)
Halina Sienska .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Stanislaw Adler .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anita Janeczkowa .... assistant director
Kazimierz Kutz .... first assistant director (as Kazimierz Kuc)
Janusz Morgenstern .... assistant director
Maria Starzenska .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Halina Dobrowolska .... assistant production designer (as Halina Krzyzanowska)
Roman Wolyniec .... assistant production designer
Ignacy Gaworkiewicz .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Józef Bartczak .... sound
Roman Branski .... sound assistant
Józef Dabrowski .... sound assistant
Adam Okapiec .... sound assistant
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Czeslaw Grabowski .... assistant camera
Andrzej Gronau .... assistant camera
Antoni Tabak .... lighting technician
Jerzy Wójcik .... camera operator
 
Music Department
Adam Pawlikowski .... musician: ocarina
 
Other crew
Tadeusz Bierczynski .... production assistant
Zbigniew Brejtkopf .... production assistant
Arkadiusz Orlowski .... production assistant
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Canal" - International (English title) (informal literal title)
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
A lot of the film's crew members took part in the 1944 Warsaw uprising (e.g. cinematographer Jerzy Lipman or actor Tadeusz Janczar). Screenwriter Jerzy Stefan Stawinski used the sewers during the uprising in order to get from the southern district of Mokotów to the city center. As he said in an interview, each character in the film has at least one equivalent of a real-life insurgent he was acquainted with.See more »
Quotes:
Halinka:It's easier to die when you're in love.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Sygnowane Andrzej Wajda (1989)See more »

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33 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Dante in Warsaw, 16 July 2004
Author: RMOba from dc

That this movie was made is a near miracle, since it squeaked out barely 3 years after Stalin died; and the Polish film industry could even begin to suggest that Poles could struggle against the Germans without Soviet "fraternal" help. It looks likely that it was saved from oblivion by the Silver Palm (1957), at least in Poland. My suspicion that this got past the Party censors as a Dantean allegory about the worker and peasant struggles, with each character and episode exposing some lesson. However, like Ashes and Diamonds, much of the real message is just at the surface: regular Poles struggling for a better future.

The real hidden message of the film is a metaphorical struggle against Soviet oppression. Wajda seems to suggest this by quoting Szczepanski(1944): "... But know this: from our tombstones A victorious new Poland will be born And you will not walk this land You Red Ruler of bestial forces!" (1) Indeed the resolution suggests the Stalinist Inferno is far from over. Those who have tried to bring light to the world suffer a Promethean fate.

What seems remarkable to me is the positive spirit, humor, and love of life that most of the characters display in the face of their passage into the underworld. There is additional irony (humorous to me), for example, that the composer attempts to play a particularly patriotic Chopin, but is then ordered to play "something with feeling:" an inane dance tune. (By the way, the Beckstein piano that the composer tries to protect was made by a company that provided Hitler with crucial early support.)

It is also remarkable that such a dark, almost anti-heroic view of combatants was made only 12 years after the event. It is not so far from the spirit of Ernie Pyle, and just think how long it took to make Band of Brothers.

(1) Interview on www.wajda.pl

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