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Release Date:
20 April 1957 (Poland) See more »
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Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination See more »
NewsDesk:
(15 articles)
Martin Scorsese: my passion for the humour and panic of Polish cinema
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 16 April 2015, 7:54 AM, PDT)

Camerimage to honour late Jerzy Lipman
 (From ScreenDaily. 12 September 2014, 5:03 AM, PDT)

Stalingrad 3D Blu-ray review
 (From Den of Geek. 8 July 2014, 2:54 AM, PDT)

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Fatalism in Post-war Poland See more (26 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)

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
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
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:
Narrator:These are the tragic heroes: watch them closely in the remaining hours of their lives.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Andrzej Wajda: On Kanal (2005) (V)See more »

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10 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Fatalism in Post-war Poland, 27 March 2009
Author: tutusaad from Bangladesh

I saw this film in a film festival in Dhaka, in early sixties(Now Bangladesh, then East Pakistan). For me as a student, Sattayjit Ray's Apu trilogy was my only exposer to any kind of art film then. Visual realism was a new thing for us in Indian sub continent. Audience were so spellbound that they could smell sewage sitting in the cinema hall. I think like all great directors, Wajda had the cinematographic sense to create that environment where viewers reality could blend with creative fiction. In post war period of late forties and in early fifties like the School of Polish Posters, all creative mediums went through this fatalistic phase. It was grotesque but realistic.

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