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What an odd little film this is. Stall on Salvador (the title of which actually appears as Stall on Salvator on Facets subtitled print) is a brief, 78-minute examination of the Polish resistance of World War II. David Hemmings look-a-like Janusz Gajos stars as Michal, a shaggy haired member of the resistance who wanders through the film's bleak, black-and-white setting. There are short looks at German mistreatment of Polish prisoners, but at first I wasn't even sure the film was about World War II: in fact, I'm still not entirely convinced. Stall on Salvador's few Germans remain distinctly indistinct; they're little more than generic bad guys representative of an evil authoritarian government. Was that an intentional decision by director Pawel Komorowski, a possible nod to Cold War era dissidents? I have no idea, and there's virtually nothing on the internet to prove or disprove my theory. Facets bare bones DVD includes a print formatted at 1.85:1; despite IMDb's assertion that the film was shot in 2.35:1 the compositions on the disc seem correct. The print is not in the best shape, with some mild damage, reel change markers, and numerous digital artifacts. Nonetheless, you probably won't have another opportunity to see this film, and the presentation will certainly be good enough for all but the pickiest Polish cinema enthusiasts.
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