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.
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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