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Knife in the water Nóż w wodzie
Skolimowski, Jerzy.
Special edycja.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, 2003.
Physical Description:
2 videodiscs (94 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
A middle-aged journalist and his wife invite a footloose young hitch-hiker aboard their sail-boat for a Sunday outing in the Polish lake district. Like two peacocks, the men proceed to flaunt their virility before the woman, revealing a cynical sadism on the part of the husband and a growing resentment in the knife-wielding youth.
General Note:
Title from container.

Special features: New high-definition digital transfer, with restored image and sound; video interview with director Roman Polanski and co-screenwriter, Jerzy Skolimowki; a collection of rare publicity and production skills; English subtitle translation by Roman Polanski; optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition.

Videodisc release of the 1962 motion picture entitled: Nóż w wodzie.

Winner of the International Film Critics' Award at the Venice Film Festival in 1962."

Disc 2 contains a collection of Roman Polanski's short films from 1957-1962, including Murder, Teeth Smile, Break up the Dance, Two Men and a Wardrobe, The Lamp, When Angels fall, The Fat and the lean, and Mammals.
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DVD 6297 Adult DVD Foreign Language
DVD 6297 Adult DVD Media Room-Foreign Language Video
DVD 6297 Adult DVD Audio Visual
DVD 6297 Adult DVD Audio Visual

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Noz w Wodzie was not only Polanski's first feature-length film, but it also marked the first screen appearance of Polish actor Zygmunt Malanowicz who played a young student. In fact, the only experienced thespian in the featured trio is Leon Niemczyk as Andrzej, the self-important, somewhat arrogant husband of Kataryna. Andrzej and Kataryna pick up the student as he is hitchhiking and invite him to join them on their boat for an outing. As the threesome head out to open water, the husband and the student start a kind of jealous interaction that keeps Kataryna mildly amused. What began as a macho sparring ends up in a fight that has the student falling overboard and the husband swimming to shore for help. But appearances are deceiving, as the husband will soon discover. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

Roman Polanski's remarkable feature film debut powerfully explores the intrinsically competitive nature of men-especially in the presence of an attractive woman. An upper-middle-class couple picks up a college student hitchhiker and take him sailing on their small yacht. The experienced older man lords it over his callow guest in ways both subtle and obvious as they continually duel for dominance. Extras include a recent interview with the director, along with eight of his seminal early short films on a second disc. For all collections.(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.