Film, Drama

Time Out says

The setting for the second film in Wajda's trilogy about WWII (coming between A Generation and Ashes and Diamonds) is the sewers of Warsaw, through which a group of partisans attempt to make their escape from the Nazis during the 1944 Uprising. This was the film that made Wajda's name in the West, and it certainly has a unique intensity and gloom, with most of the characters enduring appalling fates: two lovers reach an exit to find it sealed off with a grill, another man surfaces right into German hands. Nevertheless, scenes such as the musician playing Chopin amid the ruins have a peculiar poetry that speaks of an experience that demands to be reinvented.


Release details

95 mins

Cast and crew

Andrzej Wajda
Jerzy Stefan Stawinski
Wienczyslaw Glinski
Tadeusz Janczar
Teresa Izewska
Emil Karewicz
Vladek Sheybal
Stanislaw Mikulski