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  Night Train - Pociag DVD [dv466]

Night Train - Pociag DVD [dv466]

This product was added to our catalog on Monday 05 October, 2009.
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A man, Jerzy, enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something. He has to share sleeping-compartment with a woman who also seems to be on the run. Eventually we get to know that the police are looking for an escaped murderer. Is it really Jerzy they are looking for?Powerful, psychological story of loneliness and an intriguing thriller in one.

Two strangers, Jerzy (Leon Niemczyk) and Marta (Lucyna Winnicka), accidentally end up holding tickets for the same sleeping chamber on an overnight train to the Baltic Sea coast. While handsome, well dressed and rather laconic, Jerzy seems ill at ease, while Marta is not talkative and would prefer to be alone. Staszek (Zbigniew Cybulski) is a student and Marta's spurned lover, and won't leave her be. When the police enter the train in search of a murderer on the lam, rumors fly and everything seems to point toward one of the main characters as the culprit. The killer is located down the corridor however, yet Kawalerowicz keeps the tension strung taut to the end in one of his finest works.

This is a more amorphous and ambiguous tale than the other masterpieces of the Polish School, and Night Train seems to lack the direct references to recent history and the contemporary political situation of the Poland of the 1950s that are a hallmark of the style. However, the Hitchcockian atmosphere, the unimaginably tight shots and the overall sense of clausterphobia and dred evoke the sense of disappointment following in the wake of 1956 and the end of the "Polish Spring." All of Kawalerowicz???s films deal with individual fate in a society being crushed by overwhelming external forces, whether war or politics, in an attempt to examine moral choice under pressure. Night Train is no exception, only here he has created an allegory of misfits among a society of passengers, a society that is predicable, suspicious of individuality and eager to punish. All of Poland escaping though the night to the end of the line. Ironically, the film may represent in its way the end of the Polish School as well.

Film Psychologiczny z watkiem sensacyjnym, zrealizowany z wielka wirtuozeria. Rezyser penetruje stany emocjonalne mlodej kobiety i mezczyzny, ktorzy przez przypadek spedzaja noc we wspolnym przedziale wagonu sypialnego. Upalne lato. Pociag pospieszny odchodzi z warszawskiego dworca. Wsrod pasazerow znajduje sie Jerzy. Zapomnial miejscowki do wagonu sypialnego. Przekupiona konduktorka kieruje go do ostatniego wolnego przedzialu. Bohater niespodziewanie zastaje tam piekna blondynke Marte. Z powodu braku wolnych miejsc Jerzy i Marta musza podrozowac razem. W pociagu znajduje sie rowniez Staszek, byly chlopak Marty. Wciaz usiluje ja przekonac, ze powinna z nim zostac, ale dziewczyna wyraZnie nie chce. Pomiedzy Jerzym i Marta stopniowo nawiazuje sie przyjazny kontakt. Oboje maja za soba przykre przezycia i to ich laczy. Szorstkie i niekonwencjonalne zachowanie Marty zaczyna fascynowac Jerzego. Obserwujac ja zapomina o swoich klopotach. W nocy nie moga zasnac. Jerzy siada na poslaniu dziewczyny i wydaje sie, ze juz za chwile zaczna intymna rozmowe. Niespodziewanie pociag zatrzymuje sie na malej stacyjce. Zjawia sie milicja poszukujaca mordercy, ktory w afekcie zabil wlasna zone. Funkcjonariusze kieruja sie wprost do przedzialu Marty i Jerzego. Po upewnieniu sie, ze Jerzy zajmuje miejsce numer 16, aresztuja go. Podekscytowani pasazerowie widza juz w nim niebezpiecznego zbrodniarza, o ktorym donosily wszystkie gazety. Marta informuje milicjantow, ze miejsce 16 wlasciwie nalezalo do niej, a czlowiek, ktory sprzedal jej miejscowke, jest w pociagu. Widziala go na korytarzu. Milicja rozpoczyna poszukiwania. Uciekajacy morderca w panice chwyta za hamulec i wyskakuje w biegu z wagonu. Milicja i tlum pasazerow ruszaja za nim w poscig. Wreszcie Staszek chwyta przestepce i spokojnie oddaje w rece milicji. Pociag rusza dalej. Jerzy wyznaje Marcie, ze jest lekarzem i dzisiaj w czasie operacji zmarla mu pacjentka. Ranek. Pociag dojezdza do koncowej stacji nad morzem. Na peronie stoi Staszek i z niepokojem patrzy w okno przedzialu Marty. Widzac obcego mezczyzne, odchodzi rozczarowany. Tymczasem dziewczyna ubierajac sie opowiada Jerzemu, ze przyjechala nad morze do dawnego kochanka. Teraz jednak wyzwolila sie z milosci do niego. Jerzy oznajmia, ze na peronie oczekuje go zona. To wyznanie stanowi dla Marty szok. Odchodzi sama nadmorska plaza, dZwigajac ciezka walizke. Studium ludzkiej samotnosci. Staszek daremnie probuje znaleZc zrozumienie u dawnej kochanki. Jerzy nie potrafi odpowiedziec na potrzebe uczucia Marty. Przypadkowy zabojca wyzwala w ludziach najnizsze instynkty i nikt nie dostrzega jego osobistej tragedii. Wszyscy sa skazani na samotnosc. Directed by:Jerzy Kawalerowicz Cast: Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigiel???wna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Helena Dabrowska Black & White, 102 mins. In Polish with optional English Subtitles.



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Richard J. Brzostek - 04/30/2007 5 of 5 Stars!
Some passengers envision romantic possibilities as they ride the train though the night, March 15, 2007 "Night Train" (Pociag) is a story about a man and a woman who have to share a compartment on a train even though they would rather be alone. They both want their privacy so they speak to each other in riddles. Because they share very few details with each other, it takes a long time to figure out who they really are and what they are up to. There is more to the story than mere strangers sharing a room. Some passengers envision romantic possibilities as they ride the train though the night. An otherwise uneventful ride is broken up by the excitement of authorities searching the train for a man who supposedly killed his wife. Many of the passengers get excited and create a witch-hunt. When the man she got to know is accused of being the killer, their interactions take new meaning and test their brief friendship. Jerzy Kawalerwicz, who has considerable talent, directs "Night Train." As with his other films, such as "Mother Joan of Angels," "Austria," and "Quo Vadis," "Night Train" is exceptional. All in all, "Night Train" creates a romantic feeling, with its play on drama and jazzy music that ties it all together. The movie is a drama that borders on being a thriller. The story, presentation, and music are memorable and captivating.
Store Reviewer - 02/07/2007 4 of 5 Stars!
Call it Train of Fools. In Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s masterwork, a crowded night express travels overbooked with the despairing, the lovelorn, the lustful, a handful of priests and a concentration camp survivor. Bound for the Baltic coast, it also carries a wife-murderer fleeing from the police. Among those boarding the train in the late afternoon sunlight is a tall, good-looking, rather dapper man in sunglasses, Jerzy (Leon Niemczyk), who sweats profusely as he tries to make himself invisible. This of course could be our murderer. In his desperate need for privacy, Jerzy reminds us of the fugitive Roger Thornhill played by Cary Grant, another tall dapper man, in North by Northwest (1959). Like Cary, the mystery man in Night Train ends up in a sleeping car with a mysterious blonde, but finds a different sort of wrinkle in the sheets. The blonde, Marta, has a bit of the sang-froid about her that might remind you of Eva Marie Sainte, except that she can’t hide the emotional bruising that’s settled in around her eyes. What’s her story? And, in spite of his distractions, Jerzy is instantly attracted to her voluptuous mystery, as she is to his. Why the sweat-soaked armpits in his Arrow shirt? The aura of sexual intrigue brings Night Train in line with other rail journey allegories with mysterious blondes, like von Sternberg’s exquisite Shanghai Express (1932). For a while, in Night Train, the anticipation rides not on who the murderer is, but, as the train settles in for sleep, on when Jerzy and Marta will begin making love. Kawalerowicz’s film, though released in 1959, has a detached, sixties cool about it. The main theme here is really the spaces between people, the isolation of identity — existential business that Italian masters like Antonioni took on in the following decade. The film’s metaphorical conceit, which presents us a microcosm of suffering humanity, well, that idea goes at least as far back as Grand Hotel (1932). Night Train was shot in gorgeous black and white, seemingly using mostly ambient light. The elegant framing, which has people disappearing into and emerging from deep shadow, makes for hipster visuals of lonely disconnect. Mostly, though, the shadows seem a bit too dark on this DVD; perhaps the film was shot this way, but I suspect the print, or how it was mastered for video, allows the darks too little detail. Regardless, this film is visually magnificent and mostly well served by this disc. The score, by Andrej Trzaskowski, is fifties cool jazz, featuring vibes and sax. Woven within the fabric is a female scat vocal, with a lilting, lullaby feel, which is so reminiscent of the wordless vocal that underscored much of Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby (1968) that you wonder if Kawalerowicz’s compatriot may have remembered it and ordered its near likeness for his film. Polart’s DVD comes with short biographies of the director and its two main stars. From Kawalerowicz’s biography we learn that the director, born in 1922, made a lot of enemies among his Polish peers when, in 1983, he signed a communist document condemning all filmmakers aligned with the Solidarity movement. By Gordon Thomas
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