An emotionless and offish portrait of the Warsaw Central Railway Station, a flagship development of PZPR in the seventies.
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An emotionless and offish portrait of the Warsaw Central Railway Station, a flagship development of ruling communist party in the seventies. A platform - someone asleep, someone waiting for a train, someone arriving - and the cameras installed there are watching everyone and everything. Terrifying and creepy. Written by WFDiF

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RAILWAY STATION (Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1980) **1/2
2 May 2008 | by See all my reviews

This proved to be one of the director’s last shorts which, again, follows the model of his previous efforts – depicting the buzzing activity at a public place (the title is fairly explicit as to which); incidentally, it’s the shortest of the three included on Disc 2 of the R2 DVD of Kieslowski’s THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE (1991). Again, it inserts a bit of humor into the situation – as the workers at the station clash with their prospective clients (the booths separating them make communication difficult to begin with) over ticket-prices, oblique policies, presumed destinations, delayed arrivals, even storage lockers, etc. All of which is caught by security cameras installed at every possible angle of the station (picking up the various people as they wait, some taking this opportunity to have lunch) – with the score, for some reason, turning sinister every time they appear (perhaps the director didn’t approve of such ‘oppressive’ devices?).


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