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Film Festival News

Wednesday, 10 September, 2014 10:18 PM

The University of Michigan Copernicus Lecture Series to Host Polish Films

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NIGHT TRAIN (1959), B&W, 98 minutes- Polish with English subtitles. Monday September 15, 2014 at 7:00 pm.

 

 

by Raymond Rolak
AmericaJR.com Web Team

 

 

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ANN 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).

The next 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 BALTIC EXPRESS.

NIGHT 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 sleeper car.

Jerzy (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.

The musical 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.

NIGHT 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?

Remember 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.

The final 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 trade union.

All Films at 7:00 p.m.

9/15: "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)

Advance 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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