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Few movies have portrayed killing time with as much urgency as Jerzy Skolimowski's debut feature (1964), completed when the director was only 26. It takes place over several hours before a young layabout (played by Skolimowski in a deadpan performance) has to leave town for two years of military service; the character's impending loss of freedom gives way to a film of unfettered imagination, with a narrative that zigzags from one digression to another and ambitious camerawork that transforms the dreary industrial town of Ł√≥dz into something out of a dream. The freewheeling vibe might remind you of contemporaneous films by Richard Lester (The Knack . . . and How to Get It) or Jean-Luc Godard (Band of Outsiders), though Skolimowski's fantasy of youth is distinctly more acrid. For all his liberated behavior, the hero never manages to transcend the repressiveness of Soviet bloc culture--nor, for that matter, his inherent selfishness. In Polish with subtitles.

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  • Jerzy Skolimowski

Cast:

  • Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Elzbieta Czyzewska
  • Tadeusz Mins
  • Andrzej Zarnecki

Writer:

  • Jerzy Skolimowski

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