Original title: Pasazerka
- 1h 2m
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.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.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.
A Complete Film
I have no idea what the final result would have been if Munk had lived and ' completed ' this masterpiece. For me thanks to those who were dedicated enough to make a completion they have one hundred per cent achieved it. Seeing it again in 2021 the early 1960's is well past, and like old photographs the mystery of what really happened when a former bodyguard sees the woman she has both perhaps helped, and yet sadistically so, is well conveyed. Her horror at herself is shown quite clearly in two of the stills that accompany this part of the film, and the further past is both tortured and alive in her head. This is conveyed as narrative and she spares herself nothing. The people seen going to their deaths; the patting of the guard dog's head by a child as she makes her way to annihilation and the man who casually throws an arm back into a truck full of the dead. She sees it all and as if looking through her stills of self confession to her appalled husband we too see the narrative move like a film usually moves. Aleksandra Slaska in this role is above criticism, so well does she attain authenticity. There is even a love story to be recalled; her prisoner's lover who she encourages to see the woman she is protecting, and there too her pain at not being loved herself is paramount to her. Unbearable to watch we bear it as she must do for the rest of her life. As I said the film is complete and many will disagree but it is my firm opinion. A film like no other it should never disappear or be inaccessible. But what did happen in that camp is subjective to her memory and the facts may have been even more dreadful than we see. It can perhaps be never understood in its totality; the jigsaw puzzle of our humanity needing an eternity of compassion to be made whole.
- Nov 22, 2021
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