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When Angels Fall (1959)
"Gdy spadaja anioly" (original title)

 -  Short | Drama  -  1959 (UK)
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A church bell chimes. An old woman stops to feed pidgins on her way to work in the men's lavatory in the basement of a public building. She sits all day by the lavatory door as little ... See full summary »

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A church bell chimes. An old woman stops to feed pidgins on her way to work in the men's lavatory in the basement of a public building. She sits all day by the lavatory door as little dramas play out -- of illness, assignation, and routine -- a few tips her only acknowledgment. The sound of footsteps on the floor above her brings a reverie of her youth, when she was a beauty, the day a platoon of soldiers marched into her valley. As the day in the basement proceeds, she completes a set of memories that takes her from passion to maternal love to rejection and tragedy. Could there be more awaiting her on this day of remembering the fruit of her womb? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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The idea for Roman Polanski's short movie (his diploma piece from Lodz Szkola Filmowa and his first one in color) was taken from a short story "Klozet Babcia", written by Leszek Szymanski and published weekly "Kierunki" in Warsaw, Poland. See more »

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One life in 20 minutes
4 April 2006 | by (Romania) – See all my reviews

One life in 20 minutes. Sad, but sometimes this is the truth. This short movie is about faith, is about destiny, and finally it is about broken dreams ... dreams which never die. For that old lady life is almost ended but her memories are now more powerful than ever because she has all the time to think at the past. In every man, in every person, which enters in that public toilette the woman saw ghosts from her past. This movie is very powerful through his images well captured by "Polanski's eye". Polanski has made a real masterpiece like almost all his movies are. (Please excuse my English because I know it is not very good)


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