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Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

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Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)
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Described as one of the most audacious fictions ever made about the Holocaust, Pasazerka is a classic of Polish cinema. Director Munk died, aged just 39, in a car crash in the middle of the film. His friend and colleague Witold Lasiewicz decided to complete the film to what he believed were Munk's intentions and assembled it using the existing footage, Munk's photographs and a voice-over narration.
On release the film won main awards at the Cannes and Venice film festivals and is widely considered a masterpiece. (-DVD Cover)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Passenger captures, arguably better than any other film, a sense of horrifying blankness, a matter-of-fact degradation, which conveys something of what the experience of Auschwitz might have been like. -CineScene

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

The last film of Andrzej Munk, who died in a crash during the filming. A German woman on a ship coming back to Europe notices a face of another woman which brings recollections from the past. She tells her husband that she has been an overseer in Auschwitz during the war, but she has actually saved a woman's life. Her vision is shown and then the actual events. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054159/plotsummary)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

It's difficult to make an accurate assessment of this film because it's incomplete. In fact, it's far from complete. Still, from the pieces of what is left we can see that "Passenger" may well have turned out to be a masterpiece. Like Jean Vigo, Andrzej Munk was considered a cinematic genius who died too soon (in a car crash in 1960). Munk is less well known than Vigo but he is still important, especially in the development of Polish film. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054159/usercomments)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

"Passenger" is the story of a German woman on a cruise-liner who catches a glimpse of who she believes to be a Jewish girl she was in charge of at a concentration camp during the war. She recounts to her husband in flashback the story of how she tried to protect the girl from her vicious captors. Later on though, in another flashback, we see what really happened: the woman was not the girl's protector, but a sadist who relished her position of authority and her control over the lives of the prisoners she guarded. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054159/usercomments)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

The cruise-liner scenes are all done using still shots with a narrator (or, the "restorer" of the film) trying to decipher how exactly Munk intended to piece the film together, while the flashback scenes are actual moving images, shot in fine black and white widescreen compositions. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054159/usercomments)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

As the "narrator" tries to understand the film, what it would have become, so do we as viewers. In this way the film itself becomes perhaps even more labyrinthine than it would have been had Munk completed it, and we have an added level of mystery that is as frustrating as it is exciting. The incomplete film entices us to guess how it would have turned out, and while its certainly not a substitute for the completed film, this fragmented "Passenger" is brilliant and tantalizing nonetheless. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054159/usercomments)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

In what was to be his final, incomplete film, Andrzej Munk gives an insight into an "island in time", as the narrator calls it. A woman on an ocean cruiser meets what seems to be a person from her own past - a past where she was overseer in the Auschwitz concentration camp, and the other a prisoner. They were bond together by a strange link, which in the view of guard (Liza) was generally build up by some sort of respect and protection, whereas the actual events that follow Liza reminiscences leave no doubt about her participation in the inhumanity and her guild. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054159/usercomments)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

From the point of view of Marta, the surviver (or is it someone else?), the "relationship" was different. Munks pictures show us two sides of the story in a dream-like atmosphere: Black and white, eerie music, haunting pictures. Though a totally different content, the aesthetic atmosphere recalls LA JETEE by Chris Marker, filmed around the same time. In all, a short but intense viewing experience that achieves great emotional impact. Way ahead of it's time. (http://imdb.com/title/tt0054159/usercomments)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)

Andrzej Munk-Pasazerka ('The Passenger') (1961)




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