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Break Up the Dance (1957)
"Rozbijemy zabawe" (original title)

 -  Short  -  November 1988 (Italy)
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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... 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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Young Punks Get Their Revenge
9 March 2005 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

It's a small tale about a group of young thugs who aren't invited to a school costume party so they decide to invite themselves and beat up everyone.

I found it interesting mostly for its historical value just to see how a school dance looked like in the 50's Poland. The dance scenes are boring and the fight scenes unconvincing, but both are filmed competently, especially considering that they happen at night and Polanski was still a student. The soundtrack of the fight was quite badly dubbed, however, creating some unintentional chuckles. This short also further reinforced my opinion that Polanski has an obsession with violence.


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