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Title:
Kanal Canal
Author:
Stawiński, Jerzy Stefan, 1921-2010.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Sarasota, FL : Polart Distribution (USA) : Distributed by Facets Video, [2003]

©2003
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (96 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Begins on the 56th day of the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis during World War II. A ragtag group of trained and untrained Resistance fighters hold on to the front line. They try to live a relatively normal life, and even find time to play the piano. They achieve small victories, but must retreat into the sewers in order to survive.
General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1957.

Special features: behind-the-scenes images; original posters; credits; Andrzej Wajda's biography and filmography.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
Polish
Reading Level:
Not rated.
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UPC:
644527214290
Format :
DVD

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The second of Polish director Andrzej Wajda's WWII trilogy, following Pokolenie (A Generation) and preceding Popiol I diament (Ashes and Diamonds), Kanal is the most physically harrowing of the set. Based on the experiences of Jerzy Stefan Stawinski, a Polish patriot who participated in the battle for Warsaw in 1939 as an 18-year-old and in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the action takes place in the last week of the 63-day Uprising, as the Nazis hunt down what few freedom fighters remain. A band of Poles takes to the sewers in hopes of escaping, but they become disoriented by the darkness and the fumes of the waist-deep filth. Whenever the Poles try to emerge for orientation or relief, the Germans are there to greet them with a hail of bullets. Kanal was Wajda's coming-out film; it won two prizes at the 1957 Cannes Film Festival and clicked with both European and American audiences, in spite of its grueling story and pessimistic tone. ~ Tom Wiener, Rovi