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Break Up the Dance (1957)

Rozbijemy zabawe (original title)
Youths get ready for a party, decorating the dance floor, cleaning out the fountain of a pond. That evening, the party starts and guests arrive: everyone has a ticket, and a guy at the gate... See full summary »

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Youths get ready for a party, decorating the dance floor, cleaning out the fountain of a pond. That evening, the party starts and guests arrive: everyone has a ticket, and a guy at the gate, wearing a formal shirt, tails, and shorts, makes sure only those with tickets gain entrance. Some are in costume, some dressed informally, some in fancy clothes: everyone is there to have a good time. A group of tough-looking guys watch through the high fence while the band plays jazzy rock and couples dance or kiss. With the party in full swing, as the band plays "When the Saints Go Marching In," over the wall comes the gang. Is there any chance they'll join in the festivities? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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According to Roman Polanski's autobiography, the film was a stunt which nearly got him thrown out of Lodz film school; Polanski had organized a group of real thugs to break up the school dance and as a result some students were actually beaten up. See more »

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Save the last dance for me
16 September 2006 | by (Van Buren, Arkansas) – See all my reviews

"Rozbijemy zabawe..." is a highly underrated early short by famed director Roman Polanski, made in Poland while he was still a student of film technique. It is perhaps one of the finest allegorical short features ever made, showing the under crust turmoil of the 50's decade better than most major Hollywood films of the time with the exceptions of "Rebel Without a Cause" and "The Wild One," certainly more clearly than the highly touted "Blackboard Jungle."

The barbarians at the gate, which is literally scaled when the outsiders crash the masquerade party where the socially acceptable rich and privileged teens are wallowing in the comfort and security of their parents' wealth and power, take over following an orgy of violence. One is reminded of Sergei M. Eisenstein's famous scene from "Oktyabr(Ten Days That Shook the World)" when peasants are shown sitting on Tsar Nicholas II's throne. Society becomes total chaos. Anarchy reigns. Who picks up the pieces?


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