ARBOR, Mich. -- Organized by Martin Scorsese’s
non-profit endeavor, The Film Foundation, a series of
handpicked Polish films from 1957-1987 will be presented on Mondays
at the Michigan Theater this autumn. The series is titled, Masterpieces
of Polish Cinema and each film has been digitally restored
and re-mastered with new digital (DCP subtitles).
offering will be on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. NIGHT
TRAIN (1959) will be the selection presented. Showcased as
part of the Copernicus Program in Polish Studies at the University
of Michigan, the film presentation will take place at the Michigan
Theater, 603 E. Liberty Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104. In foreign
distribution outside of Poland, the film was also known as THE
TRAIN (Pociałg), directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, is a subtle
game of intrigue that plays out between two travelers. Their feelings
change from mutual aversion to closeness, tension builds. Both
leads in the film seem so forlorn and without hope for the future.
This all plays out during the simple task of a train trip in a
(Leon Niemczyk) and Marta (Lucyna Winnicka), accidentally end
up holding tickets for the same sleeping compartment on an overnight
train to the Baltic Sea coast. Also complicating things, on board
is Marta's spurned lover, who will not leave her alone. When the
police enter the train in search of a murderer on the run, rumors
fly and everything seems to point toward one of the main characters
as the culprit. The history, passion and nostalgia of old fashioned
train travel are another showcase.
score by Andrzej Trzaskowski heightens the anxiety and tension
is added by the black and white close shots by master cinematographer
Jan Laskowski . The repeated tight shots remind the viewer of
Hitchcock's classics, THE 39 STEPS and THE LADY VANISHES.
TRAIN may be a reminder of the Russian political boot on
the Polish people during the Cold War. The story shows misfits
that come together among the collection of passengers to socially
rebel. Could this have been a prophetic foretelling to the Solidarnos´c´
movement? Does all of Poland escape at the end of the line?
Kawalerowicz also directed the cinema masterpiece, QUO VADIS.
In 2009, there was an American remake of NIGHT TRAIN,
which went straight to video and was written and directed by Brian
King. Danny Glover, Leelee Sobieski, and Steve Zahn starred.
presentation will be December 8, 2014. The MAN OF IRON
(1981) - is a Canne Film Festival top award winner, the Palme
d’Or prize. This Oscar nominated masterpiece follows the
1980 Gdan´sk workers’ strike that birthed the Solidarity
Films at 7:00 p.m.
"Night Train" (1959)
9/22: "A Short Film About Killing" (1987)
9/29: "Jump" (1965)
10/6: "The Illumination" (1972)
10/13: "The Saragossa Manuscript" (1964)
10/20: "Pharaoh" (1965)
10/27: "Mother Joan of the Angels" (1960)
11/3: "Ashes and Diamonds" (1958)
11/10: "The Hour-glass Sanatorium" (1973)
11/17: "Austeria" (1982)
11/24: "Black Cross" (1960)
12/1: "The Promised Land" (1974)
12/8: "Man of Iron" (1981)
tickets are available at www.ticketweb.com.
(734) 668-8397 For more information, visit http://www.michtheater.org/series/polish-cinema/
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