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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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Break Up the Dance
29 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Rozbijemy zabawe (1957)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

This early short film from Roman Polanski certainly isn't the greatest thing he's ever done but it's got its moments that make it worth viewing. A bunch of fancy nice people are having a cute little dance when a group of punks break in and cause trouble.

Apparently Polanski once threw a party and then invited a group to invade it and break things apart and this is where the story here is coming from. For the most part the B&W cinematography is extremely good and there's certainly a nice comic tone throughout leading up to the violence. There's certainly nothing ground-breaking here and the short remains watchable through it's running time. The final scenes of the aftermath are well done.


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