Noose (1958 film)

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The Noose (Pętla)
Directed byWojciech Jerzy Has
Screenplay byMarek Hłasko, Wojciech Jerzy Has
Based onPętla
by Marek Hłasko
StarringGustaw Holoubek
Aleksandra Śląska
Teresa Szmigielówna
Tadeusz Fijewski
Stanisław Milski
CinematographyMieczyslaw Jahoda
Edited byZofia Dwornik
Music byTadeusz Baird
Studio Filmowe Iluzjon
Release date
  • 20 January 1958 (1958-01-20)
Running time
96 minutes

The Noose (Polish: Pętla) is a Polish film released in 1958, directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has, and starring Gustaw Holoubek. The film is an adaptation of a short story by Marek Hłasko, and follows a day in the life of 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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