Actors: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Vladek Sheybal
|Review Summary and Plot Commentary about Kanal|
|KANAL, the second film of Polish director Andrzej Wajda was shot in 1956. It won the Special Prize of the Jury of the 1957 Cannes Film festival.
The setting is Warsaw, Poland in september 1944. The Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, that caused the death of 250,000 people, mostly civilians, nears its end. Lt. 'Zadra', a civilian in charge of a dozen soldiers of the "Home Army" which was one of the components of the Polish resistance, is asked by his hierarchy to withdraw back to the center of Warsaw by using the sewers, the canal system of the city. Soon, the members of the small platoon split in several groups. Some will die because they can't bear anymore the darkness and the stench of the canals and get out of it in the middle of the German troops, some will become mad and others will roamed for days under Warsaw, looking for an exit.
--Daniel Staebler, Resident Scholar
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|Analysis of Kanal|
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Composition of Movie
Actual chase scenes or violence - 20%
Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 10%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 70%
Time/Era of Movie:
- Civilian Resistance
- WW II
- escaping behind enemy lines
- short/standard straight (man)
- average (man)
Events of movie makes character more...
- Eastern European
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
- Average intelligence
- average physique
Secondary Main Character
- (woman) medium/shoulderlgn, straight
- average (woman)
How much in movie?
- Eastern European
- enemy army
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- Eastern Europe
- Dirty, grimy (like New York)
Accounts of torture and death?
- gory visuals of deaths
Movie makes you feel...
- in awe
How many deaths in film?
- 8 or more
Sex/nudity in movie?
What kind of sex:
How much use of techno gadgets?
- 2 ()
Kind of violence:
Unusual forms of death
Check here if B&W
- Occasional swearing
If Soundtrack VERY NOTICEABLE...
Is this movie based on a
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