Character actor Michael Shannon has been nominated for his second Oscar for his role in the 2016 thriller Nocturnal Animals. "No Small Parts" takes a look at some of the other characters he's played in the past.
During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story.
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On June 28, 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria is in Sarajevo with his wife, Sophie. While through the city by car, they are victims of an attack and die. This is the trigger of the First World War.
Polish resistance in Warsaw makes an operation against the SS Police Commander
"Zamach" is Polish for "Assassination", in which we see a group of young Polish men and women (18-30) conduct an operation in Warsaw of 1943 against its SS Police Commander. We see the planning, the execution and the aftermath. The film is not long at 75 minutes but we get to know most of the young people in the group and how they feel.
The story is filmed beautifully and develops considerable suspense throughout. In terms of showing the entire operation, including the aftermath, it plays like a noir story about a heist. In terms of how it looks and plays, it also has some feeling of neorealism to it. It also may owe some debt to the Wadja films. But the film is not derivative or hackneyed in any way. It's fresh today as then -- and strong. What makes this so is how the story shifts its attention among the characters and their predicaments, and how it shifts during the action scenes to different phases of the operation and its aftermath. The sense of building suspense overladen with indications of danger, doom, sacrifice, laced with hopefulness and dedication to the task carry the film along. Director Jerzy Passendorfer specialized in films about the German occupation.
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