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Passenger (1963)

Pasazerka (original title)
While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

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Liza
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Marta
Janusz Bylczynski ...
Capo
Krzesislawa Dubielówna
Anna Golebiowska ...
Female Prisoner
Barbara Horawianka ...
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Anna Jaraczówna ...
Capo
Maria Koscialkowska ...
Guard Inga Weniger
Andrzej Krasicki ...
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Jan Kreczmar ...
Walter
Irena Malkiewicz ...
Oberaufseherin Madel
Izabella Olszewska
Leon Pietraszkiewicz ...
Lagerkommandant Grabner
Kazimierz Rudzki ...
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Wanda Swaryczewska
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The last film of Andrzej Munk, who died in a crash during the filming. A German woman on a ship coming back to Europe notices a face of another woman which brings recollections from the past. She tells her husband that she has been an overseer in Auschwitz during the war, but she has actually saved a woman's life. Her vision is shown and then the actual events. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Director Andrzej Munk died during production. The film was left in an unfinished state, but was later assembled for release, using photo stills and voice-over narration. See more »

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Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1998) See more »

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Violin Concerto in E Major
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Dream of a Nightmare
27 January 2006 | by (Frankfurt, Germany) – See all my reviews

In what was to be his final, incomplete film, Andrzej Munk gives an insight into an "island in time", as the narrator calls it. A woman on an ocean cruiser meets what seems to be a person from her own past - a past where she was overseer in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and the other a prisoner. They were bond together by a strange link, which in the view of guard (Liza) was generally build up by some sort of respect and protection, whereas the actual events that follow Liza reminiscences leave no doubt about her participation in the inhumanity and her guild. From the point of view of Marta, the surviver (or is it someone else?), the "relationship" was different. Munks pictures show us two sides of the story in a dream-like atmosphere: Black and white, eerie music, haunting pictures. Though a totally different content, the aesthetic atmosphere recalls 'La Jetee' by Chris Marker, filmed around the same time. In all, a short but intense viewing experience that achieves great emotional impact. Way ahead of it's time.


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