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Eve Wants to Sleep (1958)

Ewa chce spac (original title)
Ewa Bonecka, a young student about to start school in a new place finds herself without a place to sleep after she is declined a room in a women-only hotel. Helped by a pleasant policeman, ... See full summary »
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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Lass ... Ewa Bonecka (as Barbara Kwiatkowska)
Stanislaw Mikulski ... Policeman Piotr Malewski
Stefan Bartik ... Commisar
Ludwik Benoit ... Leon 'Ptuszko' Pistynek
Maria Kaniewska ... Helutka
Roman Klosowski ... Lulek
Waclaw Kowalski ... Gunsmith
Gustaw Lutkiewicz ... Policeman Dobiela
Stanislaw Milski ... Fafula
Wladyslaw Osto-Suski Wladyslaw Osto-Suski ... Bearer
Jarema Stepowski ... Wacek Szparaga
Wojciech Turowski Wojciech Turowski ... Professor
Edward Wichura ... Policeman Teofil
Zygmunt Zintel ... Maj. Pietka


Ewa Bonecka, a young student about to start school in a new place finds herself without a place to sleep after she is declined a room in a women-only hotel. Helped by a pleasant policeman, Piotr, she tries to find a lodging in the strange town full of thieves and petty troublemakers. Written by Anonymous

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The First Comedy From Poland...Witty, Brilliant and Daring




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Release Date:

17 March 1958 (Poland) See more »

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Eve Wants to Sleep See more »

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Zespol Filmowy "Syrena" See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Barbara Lass was said to have won the contest of Polish "Film" magazine for the lead role in this classic comedy. However, after several decades the director revealed that the contest had been fictitious and purely promotional as he had chosen the young actress to play Ewa before the idea of making the contest had appeared. See more »

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A laugh out loud comedy ripe for rediscovery.
27 March 2015 | by Martin BradleySee all my reviews

There is, in Polish cinema, a long tradition of surrealism and surrealism, by its very nature, verges on the comic. "Eve Wants to Sleep", which Tadeusz Chmielewski directed in 1958, is comic in a somewhat surreal sense though it's unlikely to worry the likes of Dali. It's hardly known at all here in the West but if any Polish movie is ripe for rediscovery it's this, for here is a comedy that is laugh out loud funny and consistently charming from beginning to end, with something of a fairytale quality to its ridiculous plot.

The title says it all really. Eve, a penniless, or should I say zloty-less, young student has nowhere to lay her head for the night and all her efforts to find a bed, including a potential spell in jail, amount to nothing. It may be a slight little picture but it has a very sweet nature and is beautifully directed. The smile never really left my face.

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