Gdy spadaja anioly (When Angels Fall Down) (1959)

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Roman Polanski made Gdy Spadaja Anioly ( When Angels Fall) as his final project at the State Film School in Lodz, Poland. This short film follows concerns an old woman who works as a bathroom attendant. Filmed in black-and-white, she is shown performing her work duties and sitting in a chair in a grimy men's lavatory. She stares at the various fixtures in the bathroom, daydreaming about her past.. Shown in color, her flashbacks involve a young romance, her infant child, and memories from the war. Starring Jakub Goldberg and Henryk Kluba, both of whom Polanski had previously cast for his short film Two Men and a Wardrobe. Also starring Polanski's then-wife Barbara Kwiatkowska-Lass. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi
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NR
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Drama , Special Interest
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½

This was Polanski's senior thesis film, and, as you might guess, it seems like typical pretentious, art house type stuff. It's not bad though, but it seemed to drag on a get a tad boring. Unlike his other shorts, this one's non-linear, has color sequences, and is a sad and moving tale of an old crone who reflects back on once having hopes, dreams, and ambitions, only to find herself end up as an old and lonely lavatory attendant.

Chris Weber
Chris Weber

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½

The first in color and non-linear storyline, hence the most artistically pretentious among Roman Polanski's short films, and he had to make it that way, because this was his graduation thesis.

Pierluigi Puccini
Pierluigi Puccini

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