Kanal (Canal) (They Loved Life)
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Kanal (Canal) (They Loved Life)
The second of Polish director Andrzej Wajda's WWII trilogy, following Pokolenie (A Generation) and preceding Popiol I diament (Ashes and Diamonds), Kanal is the most physically harrowing of the set. Based on the experiences of Jerzy Stefan Stawinski, a Polish patriot who participated in the battle for Warsaw in 1939 as an 18-year-old and in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, the action takes place in the last week of the 63-day Uprising, as the Nazis hunt down what few freedom fighters remain. A band of Poles takes to the sewers in hopes of escaping, but they become disoriented by the darkness and… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Flames up above and smoky streams below, the inverted Hades of occupied Warsaw"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"A picture of considerable worth."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Wajda's second movie, set in Warsaw in 1944, is politically significant and emotionally stirring"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Despair dominates here and once he gets down and dirty in the sewers, Wajda makes no concessions toward his audience in lessening the severity of his vision, for better or worse."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
"may very well be Wajda's finest film"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
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