Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB
Original title: Noz W Wodzie
Poland, 1962. Zespol Filmowy “Kamera”. Screenplay by Jakub Goldberg, Roman Polanski, Jerzy Skolimowski, dialogue by Jerzy Skolimowski. Cinematography by Jerzy Lipman. Produced by Stanislaw Zylewicz. Music by Krzysztof Komeda. Production Design by Boleslaw Kamykowski. Film Editing by Halina Prugar-Ketling. Academy Awards 1963.
Roman Polanski’s first notable film that won him worldwide acclaim. It’s about an average couple who nearly run over a young man trying to hitch hike on their way to a lake that they plan to go sailing on. They give him a ride, and out of politeness invite him along on the boat ride as well, having no idea that his personality will clash badly with the very stiff husband. The pleasure cruise ends up being a test of wills when the relationship between the two men takes the form of male egoes clashing and the desire for domination hitting an almost primitive level. Spellbinding imagery and fantastic direction from the man who would go on to make some of the best films of the sixties and seventies (Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown), this film was an early precursor to Phillip Noyce’s Dead Calm.