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Mammals (1962)

Ssaki (original title)
"Waiting for Godot" on ice and snow, without words. Against a barren winter landscape, a figure approaches: it's a man, pulling a small sleigh on which another man sits, plucking a dead ... See full summary »

Director:

Roman Polanski

Writers:

Andrzej Kondratiuk (scenario) (as Andrzej Kondriatiuk), Roman Polanski (scenario)
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Henryk Kluba
Michal Zolnierkiewicz
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"Waiting for Godot" on ice and snow, without words. Against a barren winter landscape, a figure approaches: it's a man, pulling a small sleigh on which another man sits, plucking a dead bird. They stop to trade places; the one now on the sleigh takes out his knitting. Accidents, misunderstandings, disagreements, and an outright fight await our absurd protagonists as their trip to nowhere continues, first with one pulling, then the other. What if they were to lose the sleigh? What rules of civilization and partnership would guide them then? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Comedy | Short

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This was the last of Roman Polanski's short films before he began work on his first feature, Knife In The Water. It received awards at Oberhausen and Melbourne. See more »

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Featured in Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir (2011) See more »

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The genius of Polanski
22 October 2009 | by johan-jansensSee all my reviews

I entered by accident a film theater where this short film was playing. My wife and I looked at each other : what is this old fashioned black and white film ?? But at the end of the film we had a smile on our face and when we entered that evening at home, we still smiled.

It was a little bit old fashioned, the characters were ugly and stupid. But the typical East-European humor was pure and simple. It was everything I miss when I see an American 'over the top' humorous blockbuster.

Only the minimal was used : two colors (black and white), two men, one movement, no speech only music, a brief script.

This is genius of Polanski !!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Country:

Poland

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Release Date:

1962 (France) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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