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Knife in the Water (1962)

Nóz w wodzie (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 28 October 1963 (USA)
On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization.

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Well off Andrzej and Krystyna's marriage is at a stage where familiarity breeds contempt, that contempt which is outwardly shown only behind closed doors and only when an incident of some sort sets off one or the other. While driving through the countryside on a Sunday on their way to the lake to embark on an overnight sailing excursion, they almost run over a young male hitchhiker. Despite the antagonism between Andrzej and the hitchhiker, Andrzej offers him a ride as far as the marina. By the time they reach the lake, their antagonism has dissipated enough that Andrzej asks if he would like to join them on their sailing trip. The hitchhiker accepts despite knowing nothing about sailing. As the sailing trip progresses, the antagonism between the two men begins to increase again, fueled on both sides as each strives to be the alpha male. Andrzej needs to show his superiority, while the hitchhiker needs to show that his young age and inexperience, not only with sailing but with life in... Written by Huggo

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The first Polish theatrical film to show a woman stripping. See more »

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Although the Peugeot 403 is seen in the first scenes and the last distant shot at the end, the car the couple get in to and drive away from the pier on their return from the trip is the elusive Mercedes 190 talked about as replaced in the trivia. See more »

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[first lines]
Andrzej: [sees the boy for the first time] Hitching at this hour.
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Edited into Spisok korabley (2008) See more »

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Eye of the Beholder
3 February 2005 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This early work of Polanski's shows us that he has always had a great eye with the camera and he shows us that he's not afraid to use it. He frequently breaks way from the traditional film shots as he frames the shots in unique and interesting ways.

The story is simple and yet he is able to brew some dark energy even with an amateurish cast. The psychological conflict that continues to grow until we have storm on the set and a storm in the film is somewhat simple in it's symbolism but unlike many director's today he is looking at the story on multiple levels.

All in all this still has the feel of a really good student film. It reminds my somewhat of Scorese's "Whose That Knocking at My Door". I'd have to say that it's overrated in most aspects but I find it a tasty morsel of things to come.


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