The Third Part of the Night

World War II Poland: a man gets a second chance. Michal's wife and child are killed by German soldiers, but in a nearby town he discovers and stays with a woman in labour who looks just like his dead wife. A complex and surreal work, the film is obsessed with the distinctions between love as self-preservation and self-sacrifice. But it's just as much the hallucinations of a dying man. Images of death are everywhere: endless corridors, figures framed in doorways (and later in coffins), a couple gunned down in bed. Not an easy film to come to terms with because of its cerebral nature and its self-consciousness; a haunting first feature, all the same.

Release details

Duration: 106 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Andrzej Zulawski
Screenwriter: Miroslaw Zulawski, Andrzej Zulawski
Cast: Malgorzata Braunek
Leszek Teleszynski
Jerzy Golinski
Jan Nowicki
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