Shadow (1956 film)

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Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Starring Zygmunt Kęstowicz
Adolf Chronicki
Distributed by KADR
Release date
Running time
98 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Shadow (Polish: Cień) is a 1956 Polish film directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz. It was entered into the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


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.


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  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Shadow". Retrieved 2009-02-02. 

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