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The Third Part of the Night (1971)
"Trzecia czesc nocy" (original title)

 -  Drama | Horror | War  -  4 January 1972 (Poland)
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Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Malgorzata Braunek ...
Leszek Teleszynski ...
Jan Nowicki ...
Jerzy Golinski ...
Michal's father
Anna Milewska ...
Sister Klara
Michal Grudzinski ...
Marek Walczewski ...
Hanna Stankówna
Alicja Jachiewicz ...
The Waitress
Leszek Dlugosz
Halina Czengery ...
Michal's Mother
Janina Ordezanka
Jadwiga Halina Gallowa
Grazyna Barszczewska
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ewa Ciepiela


Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The young man decides to join the resistance but at the first meeting Gestapo kills his go-between and chase him. During his escape he gets into an apartment of a pregnant woman and helps her with the childbirth. He works in the typhus center where he is guinea pig for lice after being immunized to make more vaccine. He goes to the hospital to end a misery of a man mistaken by him and tortured where he seems to see his own body and is finally reconciled with himself. Written by Polish Cinema Database <>

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4 January 1972 (Poland)  »

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Trzecia czesc nocy  »

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1.66 : 1
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Film debut of Leszek Teleszynski. See more »


Referenced in Synergia (2011) See more »

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Amazing cinematic velocity
4 August 2007 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Just watched the excellent Second Run DVD release of this film, and I was not disappointed. He must be one of the most underrated directors alive at the moment. In each of his movies (I have only seen two others) he manages to create an amazing cinematic velocity, you are not sure about the meaning and of the plot twists, but you are defenseless against the intensity of the camera-work, editing, performances and staging. He uses film in the way I usually find most interesting, to convey dream states and give fragmented views into other worlds, in that sense he is like Bergman when he was at his best. I can't help comparing the two since Bergmans recent passing and my seeing this film happened almost simultaneously...Watching this film is like experiencing someones nightmare, based in a gritty reality but at the same time far removed from it, and also managing to convey political issues in a non-realistic way. Which is the way I prefer, not ramming it down the audiences throats, but keeping it in the subtext for you to explore if you want.

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