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Pociag | Jerzy Kawalerowicz, 1959
Poland | Polish with English Subtitles | 99M minutes
A digitally restored classic starring the great Zbigniew Cybulski!
On a late train leaving a city for a sea resort, a diverse set of pilgrims—an old lawyer with a young wife, a priest chaperoning a group of elderly women, a surgeon running away from an unsuccessful operation, a woman escaping a failed marriage, and a murderer—set out in hope that their individual journeys will offer each of them a chance for a new beginning. When first released, Night Train was criticized for its seeming avoidance of national or important themes, yet seen today it stands as one of the great classics of that most fertile period of Polish cinema. Kawalerowicz and his cinematographer Jan Kaskowski transform the train ride through rhythm, lighting, and setting into a mosaic of individual worlds and perspectives. The cast includes Cybulski as a lovelorn young man.