Noose (1958 film)

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Noose (Pętla)
Directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has
Screenplay by Marek Hłasko, Wojciech Jerzy Has
Based on Pętla 
by Marek Hłasko
Starring Gustaw Holoubek
Aleksandra Slaska
Teresa Szmigielówna
Tadeusz Fijewski
Stanisław Milski
Music by Tadeusz Baird
Cinematography Mieczyslaw Jahoda
Edited by Zofia Dwornik
Studio Filmowe Iluzjon
Release dates
  • 20 January 1958 (1958-01-20)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Noose (Polish: Pętla) is a 1957 Polish film directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, starring Gustaw Holoubek. The film is an adaptation of a short story by Marek Hłasko and follows the day in the life an alcoholic.


Kuba Kowalski (Gustaw Holoubek) is an alcoholic who spends most of his day in his room with a bottle of vodka for company and a noose dangling from the ceiling. His ruminations are periodically interrupted by his girlfriend Krystyna (Aleksandra Slaska) banging on the door.[1]



Released on 20 January 1958, the film is Has's debut feature film and regarded as one of the most interesting film adaptations of Marek Hłasko's work and actor Gustaw Holoubek's first great work.[2] The film's cynical vision ensured that communist authorities in Poland did not give it permission to be shown abroad.[3]

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  1. ^ Wojciech Jerzy Has
  2. ^ Liehm, Mira and Antonín J. The Most Important Art: Eastern European Film After 1945, p. 183, University of California Press, 1977
  3. ^ Byron, Guillaume (2009-01-29) Wojciech J. Has - "The Noose"

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