Nóz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water)
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Nóz w Wodzie (Knife in the Water)
Noz w Wodzie was not only Polanski's first feature-length film, but it also marked the first screen appearance of Polish actor Zygmunt Malanowicz who played a young student. In fact, the only experienced thespian in the featured trio is Leon Niemczyk as Andrzej, the self-important, somewhat arrogant husband of Kataryna. Andrzej and Kataryna pick up the student as he is hitchhiking and invite him to join them on their boat for an outing. As the threesome head out to open water, the husband and the student start a kind of jealous interaction that keeps Kataryna mildly amused. What began as a… More

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Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"It eminently justifies the interest in its acid contents and in the techniques of its young director that it stirred."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Taut, compelling, and engaging, Polanski's Oscar-nominated thriller is one of the most brilliant debuts in film history."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Attests to the idea that Polanski was from the very onset, a filmmaker with a singular and disturbing vision. His is clearly a cinema of obsession."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"'Knife in the Water,' Roman Polanki's first feature, strips bare the nature of human dealings and the will to dominate."
‑ Donald J. Levit, ReelTalk Movie Reviews
"Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"The sexual tensions build slowly and subtly, and when they explode into violence, it seems to be the desired result."
‑ Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The acting, music and camerawork all weave together to create an unexpectedly magical, brilliantly crafted, intensely sensuous experience."
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"...a dazzling black-and-white chamber piece"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"One of the greatest of all feature debuts."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Knife in the Water has one of those simple, clearly expressed narratives that grabs you and holds you even though not much goes on."
‑ Douglas Pratt, Hollywood Reporter
"[VIDEO ESSAY} For his debut feature film - after graduating from Poland's famed National Film School in Lodz - Roman Polanski set out to break several golden rules of academic filmmaking."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Circles and triangles govern Polanski's great, brackish anecdote about the instability of human interaction"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"Knife In The Water is a claustrophobic, slow-burning expose of jealousy, spite and eroticism."
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Polanski arrived on the scene with an almost super-human knack for tension; one of the great directorial debuts in cinema's history."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
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