A symbolic depiction of hell on Earth, set in the last days of the Warsaw uprising in 1944. Lieutenant Zadra is commanding a company of 43 men in a desperate battle amidst the ruins. Facing German offense and cut off from their comrades, Zadra is commanded to retreat his men through the sewer system ('kanal'). Zadra and his men are reluctant to do so, as it would indicate that they have lost the battle, but decide to obey the orders. However, as the men (and women) retreat, it becomes clear that their desperate attempt to flee from the hell of battle will result only in more death and suffering...
"THE END of SEPTEMBER 1944 the Warsaw uprising was drawing to its tragic end." So begins the brilliant new Polish film about the men and women who took to the sewers of Warsaw in flight from the Nazis
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Did You Know?
Just after the short story by Stawinski was published, Tadeusz Konwicki
, the literary manager of Zespól Filmowy "Kadr", decided it should be filmed. Konwicki was looking for the right director and his first choice was Andrzej Munk
. Munk, however, backed out of the project when he descended himself to the sewers. He thought it was impossible to depict in the movie two most important characteristics of the sewers: the darkness and the odor. See more
These are the tragic heroes: watch them closely in the remaining hours of their lives.