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Kanal Movie Review Summary

Actors: Teresa Izewska, Tadeusz Janczar, Wienczyslaw Glinski, Vladek Sheybal

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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.
The review of this Movie prepared by Daniel Staebler








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Actual chase scenes or violence 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 10%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 70% Time/Era of Movie:    -   1930's-1950's War Thriller    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Civilian Resistance Specific to    -   WW II War story:    -   escaping behind enemy lines

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Eastern European

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe City?    -   Yes City:    -   Dirty, grimy (like New York) Misc setting    -   sewers/subways

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   gory visuals of deaths Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing Kind of violence:    -   guns Unusual forms of death    -   perforation--bullets Any profanity?    -   Occasional swearing Is this movie based on a    -   book

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