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Noz w wodzie (Knife in the Water) (1962)

Original Title : Nóz w wodzie
Director : Roman Polanski
Writer : Jakub Goldberg
Roman Polanski
Jerzy Skolimowski
Genre : Drama
Country : Poland
Language : Polish
Producer : Stanislaw Zylewicz
Music : Christopher Komeda
Bernt Rosengren
Photography : Jerzy Lipman
IMDB ID : 0056291
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Noz w wodzie (Knife in the Water) (1962) - Roman Polanski
 

Starring

Leon Niemczyk Andrzej
Jolanta Umecka Krystyna
Zygmunt Malanowicz Young Boy rest of cast listed alphabetically
Anna Ciepielewska Voice of Krystyna (uncredited
Roman Polanski Voice of Young Boy (uncredited
 

Plot

A couple driving along a deserted road to a lake almost run over a young man, a student, who flags down the car almost too closely. The driver is a self absorbed husband, the woman his pretty, irritated wife. They take him along and the husband, out of the sheer patronizing will, invites him to come sailing on their boat. During the boat ride there is clash of personalities. The boy has a habit of playing with a switchable blade knife. The husband is a self-made man and delights in showing up the boy. In an argument he knocks the boy off the boat. The couple thinks he has drowned and the husband swims to shore for help. But the boy has hid behind a buoy and comes aboard to seduce the wife. She finally brings in the boat and assures her husband the boy is alive and that she has cheated on him.
 

Comments

Terrificly Tight &, Atmospheric Drama/Psychological Thrille Well, this film may not appeal to the legions of folk who consider drivel like The Sixth Sense to be great drama/thriller material, but to those of us who adore movies and respect the great ones, this one is a gem. This great-granddad to later works like "Dead Calm" or even "The Talented Mr. Ripley" manages to deliver the goods on this wickedly smart little tale about a young middle class couple who pick up a hitchhiker who manages to turn their life around in the course of one day. What sets this film apart from others is it's place in movie history and it's polished (no pun intended) directorial style. This early hit by future great director Roman Polanski manages to make you believe in these three people without questioning the typically silly things that people do in thrillers.Of course most of us would not invite a strange hitchhiker onto their private boat for an evening, especially when the hitchhiker carries with them a huge hunting knife and an attitude. Just throw your disbelief to the wind, and sit back and enjoy this little gem.I loved the juxtaposition of the vast open air and beautiful water vistas with the claustrophobic atmosphere aboard the little "yacht".The terrific moment when the couple dares the young man to hang over the edge of the boat and he begins to "run" on water alongside.Even the inevitable seduction rings true due to the circumstances.I won't reveal anymore scenes. This film is to be enjoyed by all!The only complaint is while I saw this film at the normally wonderful Film Forum in NYC, thegrossly outdated and shabby looking subtitles positively cry out for a restoration!!
 
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Noz w wodzie (Knife in the Water) (1962) - Roman Polanski
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