ByApril 25, 2005
There was also, let it not be forgotten, a Polish New Wave, even if not so labeled. One of its big billows for our imagination to surf on was Andrzej Wajda’s Kanal, made in 1956 and released in . . . Read more »
“Watch them closely, for these are the last hours of their lives,” announces a narrator, foretelling the tragedy that unfolds as a war-ravaged company of Home Army resistance fighters tries to escape the Nazi onslaught through the sewers of Warsaw. Determined to survive, the men and women slog through the hellish labyrinth, piercing the darkness with the strength of their individual spirits. Based on true events, Kanal was the first film ever made about the Warsaw Uprising and brought director Andrzej Wajda to the attention of international audiences, earning the Special Jury Prize in Cannes in 1957.
|Screenplay||Jerzy Stefan Stawinski|
|From the short story by||Jerzy Stefan Stawinski|
|Second director||Kazimierz Kutz|
|Assistant directors||Anna Janeczkowa, Janusz Morgenstern, Maria Starzenska and Roman Mann|
|Production manager||Stanislaw Adler|