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Ways in the Night
Wege in der Nacht
dir. Krzysztof Zanussi / West Germany 1979 / 97’
subtitles: Polish and English
retrospective: Krzysztof Zanussi

Cast

Mathieu Carriere, Maja Komorowska, Horst Frank, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Irmgard Forst, Diana Korner, Claudia Rieschel, Andrzej Szenajch, Edward Dziewoński

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Zanussi himself called the Ways in the Night a study of conformism. This TV film was inspired by true events which took place during WWII in the General Government in Poland. Only a signet ring and an unread letter survived from the story of a relationship between a man and a woman put in opposing camps by the war. For Elżbieta, a Polish countess, it is obvious that there is no chance for love in such a situation. Captain Friedrich von Odenthal, a German officer stationed at her estate, hopes against all odds that the countess will reciprocate his feelings - after all, they share a love of culture and art, noble origins and sensitivity.

In Ways in the Night Zanussi touches on the dualism of nature and culture, a frequent motif in his films. War reflects the wild nature which is hidden in man and sometimes - in such moments - prevails. Zanussi believes that erudition and knowledge of culture is not an excuse for participating in crimes and neither can it save a victim from death. In the background is the moving librarian, Amadei (Zbigniew Zapasiewicz), sneeringly and desperately posing as a conformist in a game for his life against the Nazis.

Mirella Napolska

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