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Czlowiek na torze (1957)

In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, ... See full summary »

Director:

Andrzej Munk

Writers:

Andrzej Munk, Jerzy Stefan Stawinski (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Kazimierz Opalinski ... Wladyslaw Orzechowski
Zygmunt Maciejewski ... Station-Master Tuszka
Zygmunt Zintel ... Witold Salata
Zygmunt Listkiewicz ... Stanislaw Zapora
Roman Klosowski ... Marek Nowak
Kazimierz Fabisiak ... Konarski
Ludoslaw Kozlowski Ludoslaw Kozlowski ... Karas
Janusz Bylczynski ... Warda
Stanislaw Marecki Stanislaw Marecki ... (as Stanislaw Marzec-Marecki)
Józef Para Józef Para ... Railwayman
Stanislaw Jaworski Stanislaw Jaworski ... Franek
Celina Klimczakówna ... Zofia Salata (as Alina Klimczak)
Natalia Szymanska Natalia Szymanska ... Orzechowska
Józef Nowak ... Jankowski
Janusz Paluszkiewicz Janusz Paluszkiewicz ... Krokus
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In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, the station master, believes Orzechowski was a saboteur; at least one on the inquiry panel agrees. Zapora, the young engineer on the train that hit Orzechowski, gives more complicated testimony about the dead man - stiff-necked, proud, imperious, critical of Zapora and other younger workers. The signalman at the crossing where Orzechowski died also testifies. Can the panel arrive at the truth in a world where workers unite, inferior coal is a badge of honor, and the old order is suspect? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

Poland

Language:

Polish

Release Date:

17 January 1957 (Poland) See more »

Also Known As:

Man on the Tracks See more »

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Zespól Filmowy "Kadr" See more »
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Mono
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In station-master's flashback that is said to take place 'before World War 2', he is a conductor on a steam locomotive Pt47 introduced in 1947. See more »

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Czlowiek Na Torze: An ambitious Andrzej Munk film about railway workers in Poland.
14 July 2013 | by FilmCriticLalitRaoSee all my reviews

As means of transport, trains have a certain mystical quality attached to them. This has a lot to do with the fact that whenever trains fail or succeed in carrying out their tasks of moving passengers from one place to another, it is not only them which fail or succeed as machines as the blame is attributed to a whole range of persons whose jobs are related to trains. It is precisely keeping this thing in mind that Polish director Andrzej Munk set out to direct "Czlowiek Na Torze", a film about the lives of Polish railway workers. His film questions the role of a dead railway worker who went much too far in the course of his job before after having been being fired by the authorities. This film was made possible with the help of Polish Railway employees who are shown to wisely tackle differences at work place. The film begins with a nicely shot sequence of a train driven by a steam engine. It is worth mentioning that the camera has been placed so meticulously that one could see the actual train chugging marvelously on the tracks. The film is replete with nicely shot scenes of this kind which capture each moment of what it is being in a situation related to trains.


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