Nóz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water) (1962)
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Noz w Wodzie was not only Polanski's first feature-length film, but it also marked the first screen appearance of Polish actor Zygmunt Malanowicz who played a young student. In fact, the only experienced thespian in the featured trio is Leon Niemczyk as Andrzej, the self-important, somewhat arrogant husband of Kataryna. Andrzej and Kataryna pick up the student as he is hitchhiking and invite him to join them on their boat for an outing. As the threesome head out to open water, the husband and
Mar 9, 1962 Wide
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Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic.
Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since.
Knife in the Water has one of those simple, clearly expressed narratives that grabs you and holds you even though not much goes on.
It eminently justifies the interest in its acid contents and in the techniques of its young director that it stirred.
The sexual tensions build slowly and subtly, and when they explode into violence, it seems to be the desired result.
For his debut feature film - after graduating from Poland's famed National Film School in Lodz - Roman Polanski set out to break several golden rules of academic filmmaking.
Taut, compelling, and engaging, Polanski's Oscar-nominated thriller is one of the most brilliant debuts in film history.
The acting, music and camerawork all weave together to create an unexpectedly magical, brilliantly crafted, intensely sensuous experience.
Circles and triangles govern Polanski's great, brackish anecdote about the instability of human interaction
Attests to the idea that Polanski was from the very onset, a filmmaker with a singular and disturbing vision. His is clearly a cinema of obsession.
Knife In The Water is a claustrophobic, slow-burning expose of jealousy, spite and eroticism.
'Knife in the Water,' Roman Polanki's first feature, strips bare the nature of human dealings and the will to dominate.
Polanski arrived on the scene with an almost super-human knack for tension; one of the great directorial debuts in cinema's history.
[The movie suggests that a] young man will either become like his corrupt elders, and presumably get a trophy woman of his own, or drown.... To Polanski, surviving in such a society, in such a world, is not the same as winning.
An intriguing Polish import that launched Polanski's career.
Builds up a sexual, generational, and violent tension in a straightforward manner, with hardly any dramatic contrivances.
When it comes to depicting people at their worst, Polanski is relatively restrained in his first outing, perhaps because of the sobering influence of Poland's Ministry of Culture.
A masterpiece of style and economy--a complex and delicately balanced tale with only three characters and one small set.
Jerzy Lipman's gorgeous black-and-white cinematography is instrumental in conveying the claustrophobia of the scenario.
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