Trzecia Czesc Nocy (1971)        
(A.K.A:
The Third Part Of The Night)                                       

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Directed By:
Andrzej Zulawski    

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Writing Credits:
Andrzej Zulawski    
Miroslaw Zulawski

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Original Music By:
Andrzej Korzynski    

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Cinematography By:
Witold Sobocinski    

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Main Cast:
Malgorzata Braunek
Leszek Teleszynski

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Genre:
Drama / Psychological Drama / War Drama / Resistance Film

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Plot Summary:

This highly influential award-winning film, set during the time of the Nazi occupation of
Poland, is rich with multilayered apocalyptic imagery and symbolism. Even though the film
won an award for best debut in Poland, distribution was halted there by the authorities, and
the director was viewed with suspicion. His next film, Diabel was kept from release for 12
years, until 1988. The film begins as a young man narrowly escapes the massacre in which
his family is annihilated. He makes his way into town where he is nearly captured, but
another man wearing clothes similar to his own is taken in his stead. After taking refuge in
the home of a pregnant young woman who closely resembles his dead wife, he helps her
with the birth of her child. While working in a typhus center, as someone who is repeatedly
infected with the disease in order to produce vaccines for others, he experiences many
hallucinations and does some bizarre things while seeking to come to grips with his traumatic
life and the guilt he feels for being alive when all who knew him are dead.

Summary Written By: Clarke Fountain                                          Source: www.allmovie.com

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Technical Specifications:

Film Negative Format (mm/video inches)
: 35 mm
Printed Film Format
: 35 mm
Aspect Ratio
: ?
Runtime
: 105 min
Country
: Poland
Language
: Polish
Color
: Color (Eastmancolor)
Sound Mix
: Mono

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Production Companies:
Zespół Filmowy Wektor

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Printed Media Reviews:
In: Monthly Film Bulletin (UK) May 1974, Iss. 484, (MG)

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Awards & Nominations:

Venice International Film Festival
Film Presented In 1971

Polish Film Festival
Best Debut Film, Andrzej Zulawski: Won

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