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MBC Interactive Archive Project: Knife In The Water

Directed by: Roman Polanski | 1962 | 1h 34m | Unrated | In Polish w/ English Subtitles

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MBC Interactive Archive Project: 1960s
“The Eastern European New Waves”
KNIFE IN THE WATER (Nóż w wodzie) 
(Presented by the Miami Beach Film Society)

KNIFE IN THE WATER (Nóż w wodzie) was the first feature film effort of Polish director Roman Polanski. Sportswriter Leon Niemczyk and his wife Jolanta Umecka invite baby-faced hitchhiker Zygmunt Malanowicz to join them on a yacht excursion. Sensing that his wife is attracted to Malanowicz, Niemczyk plots to humiliate the boy by showing off his own athletic prowess during the cruise. Roman Polanski’s debut film is a tense psychological thriller that helped give edge and modernity to the Polish New Wave of filmmakers.

“Roman Polanski’s first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters’ emotions and actions are profound. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman’s attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax. With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. This remarkable directorial debut won Polanski worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time, and his first Oscar nomination.”
– CRITERION COLLECTION

“It eminently justifies the interest in its acid contents and in the techniques of its young director that it stirred.”
– NEW YORK TIMES

“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