Knife in the Water

Knife in the Water

Director: Roman Polanski Cast: Leon Niemczyk, Jolanta Umecka, Zygmunt Malanowicz


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After directing a string of acclaimed shorts, the young Roman Polanski assembled a small crew and mostly unprofessional cast in his native Poland to shoot this full-length thriller. The spare, tense film remains one of Polanski's most striking efforts, a cool, detached character study with stark, high-contrast black-and-white visuals to match. Polanski may have seen himself in the character of the cunning, disaffected drifter, a possibility bolstered by the fact that he dubbed his own voice over Zygmunt Malanowicz's for the film's final cut. Though Polanski was obviously taking cues from the late 1950s/early 1960s work of Michelangelo Antonioni and even Ingmar Bergman, the movie retains a hip, modern feel all its own; throughout his career, Polanski would revisit the concept of the disaffected anti-hero and his tortured relations with women. Knife in the Water brought Polanski to the attention of the European film community, as well as the American Motion Picture Academy, who nominated the film against Federico Fellini's 8 1/2 for Best Foreign Language Film in 1964.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/09/2008
UPC: 0715515032322
Original Release: 1962
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:33:00

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Knife in the Water
1. The Hitchhiker [7:21]
2. The Dock [7:44]
3. "Are We Moving?" [6:20]
4. The Reeds [2:32]
5. Noon [6:30]
6. Lunch [5:04]
7. In Circles [5:22]
8. Sailing [6:17]
9. Aground [3:20]
10. Forfeit [11:43]
11. Light Sleepers [7:44]
12. Overboard [6:40]
13. "You're Just Like Him" [9:09]
14. "Where Are We Going?" [8:17]
1. Color Bars [:00]

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Knife in the Water 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie yrs, ago and I never liked it, but there was something in the back of my mind, like I was a little young and might have fallen asleep, that kept nagging for me to give it another chance. So I finally did and it was interesting about Polish machismo and socioeconomic classes and meaning and something.