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Trzecia czesc nocy (1971)

Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The ... See full summary »

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Andrzej Zulawski
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Cast

Credited cast:
Malgorzata Braunek ... Marta
Leszek Teleszynski ... Michal
Jan Nowicki ... Jan
Jerzy Golinski Jerzy Golinski ... Michal's father
Anna Milewska ... Sister Klara
Michal Grudzinski Michal Grudzinski ... Marian
Marek Walczewski ... Rozenkranc
Hanna Stankówna
Alicja Jachiewicz ... The Waitress
Leszek Dlugosz Leszek Dlugosz
Halina Czengery Halina Czengery ... Michal's Mother
Janina Ordezanka Janina Ordezanka
Jadwiga Halina Gallowa Jadwiga Halina Gallowa
Grazyna Barszczewska
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ewa Ciepiela Ewa Ciepiela
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Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law. The husband and his father escape by being in the forest. The young man decides to join the resistance but at the first meeting Gestapo kills his go-between and chase him. During his escape he gets into an apartment of a pregnant woman and helps her with the childbirth. He works in the typhus center where he is guinea pig for lice after being immunized to make more vaccine. He goes to the hospital to end a misery of a man mistaken by him and tortured where he seems to see his own body and is finally reconciled with himself. Written by Polish Cinema Database <http://info.fuw.edu.pl/Filmy/>

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

4 January 1972 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

A Terça Parte da Noite See more »

Filming Locations:

Poland

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Production Co:

Polski State Film See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In an interview with French film magazine, Positif, Zulawski stated that the "Third Part" in the film title was a private in-joke referring to what was generally seen at the time as "The Third Wave of Polish cinema." See more »

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Surreal take on Nazi occupied Poland
14 October 2017 | by rbbdaggeSee all my reviews

The film jumps between time-lines and characters in a somewhat confusing manner with dead figures re-appearing throughout the film, so trying to give a detailed story-line is somewhat pointless. The dialogue is extreme and sometimes absurd, but that only adds to the atmosphere of a character being eaten by lice and perhaps in a fever. The lice thing is based on fact - Polish resistance fighters were happy to put themselves forward for scientific experimentation with lice (in an effort to eradicate typhoid), as no German soldiers would go near them if their cards said that they were involved in the programme. The lice in any case are a symbol of war - people sucking the blood out of each other etc. A chaotic and incoherent film, but amazing first-time direction from Zuwavski. It is all filmed in hand-held camera (usual stuff now, but extremely unusual back in the early 70's), so there is a lot of movement. The film was made in Krakow and the city looks nothing like is now - an empty desolate filthy city of dilapidated grey building. Very Kafka-esque indeed, with stark bleak colours. I liked the film for atmosphere and cinematics, but many will not if they concentrate on the story and often somewhat obscure dialogue.The film was a big thing when it came out in Poland with huge queues to see it by the public - it has lost its relevance today and looks VERY dated (ie. as does all Polish 1970s cinema), but is still an interesting view.


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