Passenger (1963 film)

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Directed by Andrzej Munk
Witold Lesiewicz
Written by Andrzej Munk
Zofia Posmysz-Piasecka
Starring Aleksandra Slaska
Cinematography Krzysztof Winiewicz
Edited by Zofia Dwornik
Release date
Running time
62 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Passenger (Polish: Pasażerka) is an unfinished 1963 Polish film directed by Andrzej Munk, which Witold Lesiewicz assembled for release.[1]

Passenger, using the form of a documentary, relates the experiences of one female SS officer (Slaska) at the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II and her relationship with an inmate, Marta (Ciepielewska), whose life she manages to save on occasion.

Munk died in a car accident while the film was in production and the completed scenes were combined from parts of original footage and screenplay sketches by Witold Lesiewicz. The methods used are explained in a voiceover during the course of the film, so its unfinished state itself takes a documentary form. Parts of the film were shot at Auschwitz. The source was a radio drama Passenger from Cabin Number 45, written by Zofia Posmysz-Piasecka in 1959. Posmysz's play was later reworked into a novel. It was published in 1962 as Pasażerka.[2]



The film was entered into the 1964 Cannes Film Festival where it won a FIPRESCI Award.[3] The film was also selected as the Polish entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 37th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.[4]

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  1. ^ "Passenger: A film by Andrzej Munk". Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  2. ^ The novel was translated into Hungarian (1963), Czech (1964), Russian (1964), Bulgarian (1965), Slovak (1965), Latvian (1966), Lithuanian (1966), Moldovan (1966), Romanian (1967), German (1969), Japanese (1971), Ukrainian (1972) and Kazakh (1986)
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Passenger". Retrieved 2009-02-28. 
  4. ^ Margaret Herrick Library, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences

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