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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 »
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A Great Film See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
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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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Andrzej Wajda originally wanted Zbigniew Cybulski to play 'Korab'.See more »
Quotes:
Halinka:It's easier to die when you're in love.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in 100 Years of Polish Cinema (1999)See more »

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Great Film, 29 November 2001
Author: info-399

A great film, at first viewing people may not understand some of the cultural references. The tall blonde brave sewer-runner is not a model of Aryan Uber Womanhood but that of a strong polish woman.According to the official line of Nazi Propaganda the metaphor for the Aryan woman was of a breeder , home maker not a woman that would take a pro-active role in dragging aman half way across the canals of Warsaw. I saw the movie as less of a metaphor for hell as that of an actual hell,the hell of siege such as stalingrad. Stalingrad was not a metaphor for hell it was hell on earth. As was Warsaw in the last days of organized rebellion.As much as Das Boot style brought across a sliver of the real life incident , Kanal's style brings across the desperation of the struggle in Warsaw. The optomistic saddness can be written off as slavic melancholy, or better described as the hope and sorrow of a nation that has many times been routed from the map of europe only to resurface strong and proud.Everything was taken from them and hope itself is in question as the final reel fades to black.

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