Pociąg | Night Train [1959]

4/10 | 5.Apr.12
Pociąg | Night Train

DIRECTOR: Jerzy Kawalerowicz | WRITERS: Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Jerzy Lutowski | CAST: Lucyna Winnicka, Leon Niemczyk, Teresa Szmigielówna, Zbigniew Cybulski, Helena Dąbrowska, Ignacy Machowski, Roland Głowacki | Poland

Night Train is billed as a Hitchcockian thriller and it’s directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz whose Mother Joan of the Angels I liked so much yesterday. The set up is plausibly Hitchcockian (two people book the same sleeping compartment on an overnight train to the Baltic coast; he seems to be on the run from something; she’s uncommunicative and belligerent and there are problems with her ticket; a murderer is on the lam and might be on the train), but the movie most definitely is not. Wonderful title sequence (overhead stationary shot of a scurrying crowds of passengers in a large train station) then blah traffic directing for an hour until the movie jerks to life for about 10 minutes of interesting weirdness and then relapses and crawls to an end. There’s no suspense or tension or even a mystery to be solved.



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