Shadow (1956 film)
|Directed by||Jerzy Kawalerowicz|
The plot involves a Rashōmon-like investigation into the life of a man who has been found dead after having been hurled from a train. As security agents, police and a medical examiner piece together his identity, three accounts emerge: one set during World War II, one in the immediate aftermath of the war, and one in contemporary Poland. In each account, the victim seems to have been a mysterious, ambiguous presence, of shifting loyalties and suspicious connections, who set himself against the powers that be.
Critics attacked the film for its depiction of a world rife with secret agents and hidden enemies—a favorite Stalinist theme—while the film seems, rather, to demonstrate how heroism and villainy are often matters of point of view and timing.
- Zygmunt Kęstowicz as Knyszyn
- Adolf Chronicki as Karbowski
- Emil Karewicz as Jasiczka
- Ignacy Machowski as Shadow
- Tadeusz Jurasz as Mikuła
- Bolesław Płotnicki as Railwayman
- Bohdan Ejmont as Officer
- Marian Łącz as Stefan
- Zdzisław Szymański as Peasant
- Halina Przybylska as Village Woman
- Antoni Jurasz as Lt. Antoni
- Wiesław Gołas as Underground Soldier
- Barbara Połomska as Stefan's Friend
- Stanisław Mikulski as Blonde
- Roman Kłosowski as Witold
- "Festival de Cannes: Shadow". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-02.
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