Kanal

“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.

Film Info

  • Andrzej Wajda
  • Poland
  • 1957
  • 96 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • Polish
  • Spine #284

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Kanal, a 27-minute exclusive new interview with the director, assistant director Janusz Morgenstern, and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Jan Nowak-Jezioranski: Courier from Warsaw, a new 28-minute interview by Wajda of a Warsaw Uprising insider
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, and posters
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic John Simon

Available In

Collector's Set

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films

Andrzej Wajda: Three War Films

DVD Box Set

3 Discs

$63.96

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Kanal, a 27-minute exclusive new interview with the director, assistant director Janusz Morgenstern, and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Jan Nowak-Jezioranski: Courier from Warsaw, a new 28-minute interview by Wajda of a Warsaw Uprising insider
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, and posters
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A new essay by film critic John Simon

Kanal
Cast
Teresa Izewska
Stokrotka (Daisy)
Tadeusz Janczar
Korab/Jacek
Wienczyslaw Glinski
Zadra
Tadeusz Gwiazdowski
Kula (Bullet)
Stanislaw Mikulski
Smukly (Slim)
Emil Karewicz
Madry (Wise)
Wladyslaw Sheybal
The composer/Michal
Teresa Berezowska
Halinka
Credits
Director
Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski
From the short story by
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski
Cinematography
Jerzy Lipman
Camera
Jerzy Wojcik
Second director
Kazimierz Kutz
Assistant directors
Anna Janeczkowa
Assistant directors
Janusz Morgenstern
Assistant directors
Maria Starzenska
Assistant directors
Roman Mann
Production manager
Stanislaw Adler
Sound
Jozef Bartczak
Editing
Halina Nawrocka
Music
Jan Krenz

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