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Trzecia Czesc Nocy (The Third Part of the Night) (1971)

Trzecia Czesc Nocy (The Third Part of the Night) (1971)

Trzecia Czesc Nocy (The Third Part of the Night)




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This highly influential award-winning film, set during the time of the Nazi occupation of Poland, is rich with multilayered apocalyptic imagery and symbolism. Even though the film won an award for best debut in Poland, distribution was halted there by the authorities, and the director was viewed with suspicion. His next film, Diabel was kept from release for 12 years, until 1988. The film begins as a young man narrowly escapes the massacre in which his family is annihilated. He makes his way into town where he is nearly captured, but another man wearing clothes similar to his own is taken in his stead. After taking refuge in the home of a pregnant young woman who closely resembles his dead wife, he helps her with the birth of her child. While working in a typhus center, as someone who is repeatedly infected with the disease in order to produce vaccines for others, he experiences many hallucinations and does some bizarre things while seeking to come to grips with his traumatic life and the guilt he feels for being alive when all who knew him are dead. ~ Clarke Fountain, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Horror, Art House & International
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Written By: Andrzej Zulawski, Miroslaw Zulawski


Malgorzata Braunek
as Helena/Marta
Jerzy Golinski
as Michal's Father
Marek Walczewski
as Rozenkranc
Jadwiga Halina Gallo...
as Rozenkranc's Mother
Halina Czengery
as Michal's Mother
Grazyna Barszczewska
as Lab Technician
Janina Ordezanka
as Olek's Mother
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A fascinating journey into a shadowy world where the nightmare of history blends with personal nightmares.

Full Review… | March 18, 2016
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Audience Reviews for Trzecia Czesc Nocy (The Third Part of the Night)

Startling,exuberant drama by a cerebral filmmaker.The cinematography works perfectly in order to describe the futile struggles of a person,hypothetically a diminishing figure of his own self-fragmentation.Confused?It's probably a testament on the future of European post-WWII environment,para-psychology is surrounding the picture and a truly innovative film is born from Zulawski's "possession".

Dimitris Springer

Super Reviewer


Yet another amazing piece of cinema from Zulawski, his first feature film actually, and while it's not quite as mindblowing as the other films of his I've seen, it is still fascinating, shocking, and brilliant.

In Poland, a man's wife, mother and son are murdered by the Gestapo. He subsequently attempts to join a resistance group, though things don't go so well for him there either, and he suddenly finds himself wrapped up in the life of a a woman who reminds him of his dead wife in more ways than one. He gets her put up in a room at a convent where he and his wife used to live, and takes a job letting lice suck his blood for typhus vaccine research.

This is a strange film. Time seems to fold over on itself as the hero of the story's past and present life become more and more indistinguishable. There is periodic violence that, when it hits, hits with both merciless brutality and devastating swiftness. A great film.

Surreal, Cerebral, Hallucinatory, Illusory - All words that describe this mystifying and bewildering film. Not easily comprehended but it is never the less a mesmerizing and hypnotic experience due to its intensely visceral approach to its material. Beautiful and haunting to behold, even when you aren't quite sure what you are seeing.

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