"An essay in the form of a masterstroke, and a very clever exercise in style." THE INCREDIBLES
A ndrzej and his wife Krystyna decide to go on a cruise. On a deserted country road, they pick up a young student and offer him to accompany them to sea. The social difference between the couple and their guest will quickly cause some friction...
Influenced by the recent Plein Soleil by René Clément and by the cinema of Orson Welles, The Knife in the Water is Roman Polanski's first feature film, and the only film he will shoot in Poland in his mother tongue. Co-written with Jerzy Skolimowski ( Deep End ), The Knife in the Water marks the entry of Polish cinema into a new era, far from the precepts of socialist art, and carries the overflowing energy of a youth who refuses to comply with the standard.
THE KNIFE IN THE WATER by Roman Polanski
(1962 - B&W - 96 mins)
New 4K restoration
SUPPLEMENTS (IN HD)*
. A TICKET FOR THE WEST (31 mins)
A look back at the brief Polish career of Roman Polanski, from his graduation from film school in Lodz to the shooting of his first feature film The Knife in the Water . Rejected in his country, this film was his sesame for the West.
. 3 SHORT FILMS DIRECTED BY ROMAN POLANSKI (HD)
"LAUGH WITH ALL YOUR TEETH" ( Uśmiech Zębiczny – 1957 – B&W – 2 mins – Silent)
Going down a staircase, a man sees through a window a young lady at her toilet...
"BREAK THE BALL" ( Rozbijemy Zabawę… – 1957 – B&W – 8 mins)
A costume ball is held at the film school. A group of thugs, turned back at the entrance, wreaks havoc...
"TWO MEN AND A WARDROBE" ( Dwaj Ludzie z Szafą – 1958 – B&W – 15 mins)
Two men come out of the sea carrying a wardrobe. They enter the city and try to offer it, but everyone refuses...
* in HD on the Blu-ray Disc™ version
BD 50 • HIGH DEFINITION MASTER • 1080/23.98p • AVC ENCODING
Original Version DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & 1.0 • French Subtitles
1.37 format respected • Black & White • Film length: 96 mins
DVD 9 • NEW RESTORED MASTER • PAL • MPEG-2 ENCODING
Original Version Dolby Digital 5.1 & 1.0 • French Subtitles
1.33 format respected • 4/3 • Black & White • Film length: 92 mins
Released May 5, 2021