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286 Ratings

Night Train


Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Poland, 1959
Drama, Romance, Thriller


Two people, a man, who might be a killer on the run, and a woman share a compartment on a crowded night train bound for the Baltic resort of Hel. Kawalerowicz turns a thriller into an intriguing character study of ordinary people in unusual circumstances.

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Night Train Directed by Jerzy Kawalerowicz

Awards & Festivals

Venice Film Festival

1959 | Winner: Golden Plate

1959 | Special Mention

Critics reviews

Night Train may not at first grip you tightly, but it is a film that blows cool, sad cigarette smoke, moving the hair on the back of your neck like a cold night wind through a corn field… Night Train is like jazz, but not beat jazz with its exuberance, uncensored vigour, and Hey-Ba-Ba-Re-Bop call to dance. Rather, it is the kind of film whose musical equivalent should be puffed like a cigarette by a cross-legged femme fatale amidst the loneliness and darkness of a smoke filled nightclub.
September 15, 2015
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Kawalerowicz’s 1959 ensemble drama comes from a transitional period in Polish cinema, when the self-conscious art-making of the Polish Film School (epitomized for many by Andrzej Wajda’s war trilogy) was giving way to the jazzier stylization associated with Roman Polanski and Jerzy Skolimowski… The film turns into a heavy-handed social critique, as the passengers begin to suspect one another, but until then the flashy camerawork, charismatic acting, and supercool atmosphere are irresistible.
June 11, 2014
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