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Two Men and a Wardrobe (1958)

Dwaj ludzie z szafa (original title)
Two men emerge from the sea onto the beach carrying a large wooden wardrobe with a mirror on its front. After the two men clean up and rejoice being in this new environment, they proceed to... See full summary »

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writer:

Roman Polanski (scenario)
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Jakub Goldberg Jakub Goldberg ... Man with the wardrobe
Henryk Kluba ... Man with the wardrobe (as Henryka Klube)
Roman Polanski ... Punching boy (uncredited)
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Two men emerge from the sea onto the beach carrying a large wooden wardrobe with a mirror on its front. After the two men clean up and rejoice being in this new environment, they proceed to enter the nearby town, they carrying the wardrobe wherever they go. They just want to meet people and experience their new surroundings, but are largely shunned or ignored. In some instances, they are shunned even when their presence helps the situation. And in other instances of being shunned, they are beaten. And when they are ignored, the world just keeps going without them, often at the detriment of humankind. Ultimately, the two men, with their wardrobe, make a decision about what to do in light of their experiences. Written by Huggo

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Short | Comedy | Drama

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This was the first Roman Polanski film to be screened publicly. See more »

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Featured in Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) See more »

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25 June 2000 | by moemoulSee all my reviews

Having studied the films of Roman Polanski thoroughly in the early 70's while taking a ground breaking GCSE O'Level in Film Study, I was lucky enough to take in the early works including Two Men and a Wardrobe. The film starts with the arrival of the two men from the sea as if joining a closed community from the outside world. Along with them they carry their burden, the wardrobe. The film documents their inability to be accepted into a society who's prejudices come to the fore as they are turned away from cafes and shops and eventually leave the society that shuns them. The wardrobe is symbolic of all societies shortcomings, whether it's sexism, homophobia, racism or plain class distinction. This is Polanski's first film and sets his stall out for a career which never hides from controversy, which includes the mock horror of Dance of the Vampires to Repulsion and the brilliant Cul de Sac. His crossing of genres take him past Shakespeare's Macbeth and Hardy's Tess, but most ardent fans return to the earlier work. Any one who enjoys Two men and a wardrobe should search out Knife In The Water before they return to his Hollywood days.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

17 March 1961 (Finland) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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