Shadow

(1956)
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Celebrated Polish director Jerzy Kawalerowicz (Mother Joan of the Angels, Night Train) helmed this conspiracy thriller. Exhibiting tremendous influence by Akira Kurosawa's Rashomon, it begins with the fact of a dead man's homicide, and then jumps back in time to present three possible versions of the events leading up to his murder. This film ran headfirst into a substantial amount of political difficulty because of its dire and merciless depiction of Polish officials as universally corrupt and untrustworthy. Nevertheless, it did pick up a nod for the Golden Palm at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival, losing to Jacques-Yves Cousteau and Louis Malle's Le Monde du Silence.

  1. Jerzy Kawalerowicz

    Director

  2. Aleksander Scibor-Rylski

    Screenplay

Top Billed Cast

  1. Zygmunt Kestowicz

    Knyszyn

  2. Adolf Chronicki

    Karbowski

  3. Emil Karewicz

    Emil Karewicz

    Jasiczka

  4. Ignacy Machowski

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Original Title Cien

Status Released

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  • May 1, 1956
    Theatrical

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Original Language Polish

Runtime 1h 38m

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