LES CODES

By : Wojciech J. Has

With : Jan Kreczmar, Zbigniew Cybulski, Irena Eichler, Barbara Krafftowna, Kazimierz Opalinski.
POLOGNE, 1966, DVD 9, 4/3 - 84 min
Zone 2, noir et blanc,


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English title: THE CODES
Original title: SZYFRY

Directed by : Wojciech J. Has

With : Jan Kreczmar, Zbigniew Cybulski, Irena Eichler, Barbara Krafftowna, Kazimierz Opalinski.
Poland, 1966, DVD 9, 4/3 - 84 min
Zone 2, black and white

Original Polish version with French subtitles

Tadeusz (Jan Kreczmar) is a Polish veteran of World War II who fled to London at the end of the war, leaving behind his wife Zofia (Irena Eichlerówna) and his son, Maciek (Zbigniew Cybulski), who disappeared when he was 12 years old.

Tadeusz returns to Kraków to discover that Maciek is alive, his wife may have been a partisan, and that his son may have turned his own mother in to the authorities.

During Maciek's struggle to understand his parents' history, questions arise concerning collaboration with the Gestapo and retribution by the Home Army. Has pictures the mystical lost boy in a dark fairy-tale forest, full of the war's ghosts and wholesale executions. The hypnotic quality of these excursions foreshadows the mesmerizing passages of Has' later film, THE HOUR-GLASS SANATORIUM.

THE CODES hides a deep reflection on time and history. In this film, different aspects of reality intertwine: the documentary level and phantasmagoria. The presence of vision scenes, inspired by the poem “Anhelli” by Juliusz Sowacki, suggests that the story of Tadeusz refers not only to the actual, but also to the philosophical dimension of Polish history.

BONUS : Chaptering, Filmography, Restored master, Review by J. Mandelbaum (11 MN)


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LES CODES
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