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The Third Part of the Night

 

102 minutes · 1970

Drama
Best known for the cult psychodrama Possession (1981), writer-director Andrzej Żuławski made his feature debut ten years earlier with The Third Part of the Night, and it shows him already at the height of his powers. A sustained nightmare about societal and personal breakdown, it presents one man's descent into madness during the Nazi occupation of Poland, though the story is hard to follow (perhaps by design). Żuławski divulges important information about the characters in short, unexpected bursts, and the plot moves sinuously between the hero's present, past, and dream life. Moreover, the camera is almost always moving hurriedly around the characters, as though the director were having trouble keeping up with his own subjects. These devices can make a viewer feel lost, much as the hero feels in his own experience. Continue reading>>


See our full review: A young Pole battles Nazis and madness in <i>The Third Part of the Night</i>

A young Pole battles Nazis and madness in The Third Part of the Night

Andrzej Zulawski, director of the cult psychodrama Possession, debuted with this savage tale of World War II. »

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