Cinema: Brick Wall


Directed by Andrzej Wajda

Screenplay by Aleksander Scibor-Rylski

It is as if some pages from the script for Citizen Kane unaccountably got mixed up with several passages from Mr. Deeds Goes to Town and, instead of sorting them out, the movie people went ahead and shot the thing anyway. In Polish.

Like Kane, the picture concerns a film maker (Krystyna Janda) who seeks to penetrate the past of a heroic—or, anyway, well-publicized—figure who has fallen from grace. Edgy, abrasive, in secure, she is in her own right a fascinating figure of the...

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