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One day in the life of an alcohol addict. With the help of his girlfriend Krysia, Kuba attempts to regain control of his life. But when she's at work, Kuba is home alone, and it becomes hard not to resist the temptation.

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Wojciech Has (as Wojciech J. Has)

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Marek Hlasko (story), Wojciech Has (story) (as Wojciech J. Has) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gustaw Holoubek ... Kuba Kowalski
Aleksandra Slaska ... Krystyna
Teresa Szmigielówna ... Kuba's old love
Tadeusz Fijewski ... Wladek
Stanislaw Milski ... Rybicki
Wladyslaw Dewoyno ... Electrician Wladek
Tadeusz Gwiazdowski Tadeusz Gwiazdowski ... Supt. Zenek
Juliusz Grabowski Juliusz Grabowski ... Waiter
Marian Jastrzebski Marian Jastrzebski ... Tailor
Emil Karewicz ... Waiter Gienek
Roman Klosowski ... Electrician Janek
Ignacy Machowski ... Sergeant
Helena Makowska Helena Makowska ... Barmaid
Igor Przegrodzki ... Kuba's friend
Zygmunt Zintel ... Harmonist Poldek
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One day in the life of an alcohol addict. With the help of his girlfriend Krysia, Kuba attempts to regain control of his life. But when she's at work, Kuba is home alone, and it becomes hard not to resist the temptation.

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

20 January 1958 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Schlinge See more »

Filming Locations:

Klodzko, Dolnoslaskie, Poland See more »

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Zespol Filmowy "Iluzjon" See more »
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A compelling film
19 April 2008 | by platerSee all my reviews

Dark and truthful about alcohol addiction. Dark streets of Krakow, dark moments. 24 hours in the life of a man ready to quit drinking...but will he make it? Some ready to help him, some ready to drag him down. Even the walls seem to play a part in the suspense. The same oppressiveness as in Bergman's Silence with the same intelligence in manipulating time sequences: a factual, step-by-step narrative becomes slowly warped, elliptic... Fine black-and-white photography, sharp dialogs. Sterling proof of Wojciech Has's talent and yet another example of how good Polish cinema was.

The (long and central) drinking scene with the ex-saxophonist wasted by vodka is a gem. Gustaw Holoubek is extraordinary throughout and the short form for the name of his character "Kuba" will probably remain ringing in your ears…


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