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Knife in the Water
Noz w wodzie

Year: 1962
Production Country: Poland
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Featuring: Leon Niemczyk / Jolanta Umecka / Zygmunt Malanowicz
Running time: 94min
Certificate: PG

Attraction, insecurity and aggressive power play figure in Roman Polanski’s superb debut feature.

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Polanski’s feature debut – one of the most impressive in all cinema – is a model of modest but imaginatively rich filmmaking. Charting what happens when a married couple setting out for a weekend’s yachting pick up a young hitchhiker, it introduces many of the director’s abiding themes: attraction and insecurity, aggressive power play, the threat of violence. Dramatically tense, psychologically astute, beautifully played by its cast of three, it also boasts an exhilarating jazz score by Krzysztof Komeda.


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