Lampa (film)

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Directed by Roman Polanski
Written by Roman Polanski
Cinematography Krzysztof Romanowski
Country Poland

Lampa (English: The Lamp) is one of Polish director Roman Polanski's early short films. The eight-minute piece, released in 1959, was the diploma film of a classmate of his, Krzysztof Romanowski, who was the cinematographer of the film,[1]but Polanski directed it.[2]


An elderly dollmaker is hard at work in his shop. Once he's headed off home, the film focuses on apparent whisperings amongst the miscellaneous doll-parts he's left behind. The shop then goes on to catch fire, but this remains unnoticed by the passers-by. Polanski can be glimpsed in a cameo role as a passer-by outside the shop.


  1. ^ Mazierska, Ewa (15 June 2007). Roman Polanski: The Cinema of a Cultural Traveller. I.B.Tauris. p. 195. ISBN 978-1-84511-296-7. 
  2. ^ Ain-Krupa, Julia (2010). Roman Polanski: A Life in Exile. ABC-CLIO. p. 18. ISBN 978-0-313-37780-8. 

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