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Passenger (1963)

Pasazerka (original title)
While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard.

Writers:

Andrzej Munk (screenplay), Zofia Posmysz (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aleksandra Slaska ... Liza
Anna Ciepielewska ... Marta
Jan Kreczmar ... Walter
Marek Walczewski ... Tadeusz
Irena Malkiewicz Irena Malkiewicz ... Oberaufseherin Madel
Barbara Horawianka ... Nurse
Maria Koscialkowska Maria Koscialkowska ... Guard Inga Weniger
Anna Jaraczówna ... Capo
Leon Pietraszkiewicz ... Lagerkommandant Grabner
Janusz Bylczynski ... Capo
Andrzej Krasicki ... Commission Member
Zdzislaw Szymborski ... SS-Man
Kazimierz Rudzki ... Commission Member
Anna Golebiowska Anna Golebiowska ... Female Prisoner
Krzesislawa Dubielówna Krzesislawa Dubielówna
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Storyline

The last film of Andrzej Munk, who died in a crash during the filming. A German woman on a ship coming back to Europe notices a face of another woman which brings recollections from the past. She tells her husband that she has been an overseer in Auschwitz during the war, but she has actually saved a woman's life. Her vision is shown and then the actual events. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Genres:

Drama | War

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Trivia

Banned in Ireland in 1966; head censor Christopher Macken described it as a "horror film" and also objected to the scene where naked women are driven to the chambers.

It was passed on appeal with an uncut over-16's certificate. See more »

Connections

Edited into Histoire(s) du cinéma: La monnaie de l'absolu (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Violin Concerto in E Major
Written by Johann Sebastian Bach
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Cinematic Fragments
1 December 1999 | by liehtzuSee all my reviews

It's difficult to make an accurate assessment of this film because it's incomplete. In fact, it's far from complete. Still, from the pieces of what is left we can see that "Passenger" may well have turned out to be a masterpiece. Like Jean Vigo, Andrzej Munk was considered a cinematic genius who died too soon (in a car crash in 1960). Munk is less well known than Vigo but he is still important, especially in the development of Polish film. "Passenger" is the story of a German woman on a cruise-liner who catches a glimpse of who she believes to be a Jewish girl she was in charge of at a concentration camp during the war. She recounts to her husband in flashback the story of how she tried to protect the girl from her vicious captors. Later on though, in another flashback, we see what really happened: the woman was not the girl's protector, but a sadist who relished her position of authority and her control over the lives of the prisoners she guarded. The cruise-liner scenes are all done using still shots with a narrator (or, the "restorer" of the film) trying to decipher how exactly Munk intended to piece the film together, while the flashback scenes are actual moving images, shot in fine black and white widescreen compositions. As the "narrator" tries to understand the film, what it would have become, so do we as viewers. In this way the film itself becomes perhaps even more labyrinthine than it would have been had Munk completed it, and we have an added level of mystery that is as frustrating as it is exciting. The incomplete film entices us to guess how it would have turned out, and while its certainly not a substitute for the completed film, this fragmented "Passenger" is brilliant and tantalizing nonetheless.


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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

20 September 1963 (Poland) See more »

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Mono

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2.35 : 1
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