The Knave of Spades

(Walet pikowy)


1960   >   comedy

A charming surrealistic comedy resembling a burlesque intertwined with light criminal and melodramatic plots taken with a pinch of salt.

The second film of Tadeusz Chmielewski, the leading comedy film director in the Polish cinematography, scriptwriter and film producer, laureate of the Platinum Lions for his lifetime achievements awarded at the Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia in 2015.

An adaptation of the story “Człowiek z psem” by Zdenek Jirotka.

After his beloved Melania dies, Wacław Kawanias finds a hideaway in a lighthouse, where he spends the next 20 years, studying criminology. One day, inspector Marac, chasing the legendary bank thief Teston, finds his way to his solitary recluse. The intrigued Kawanias suggests swapping places for some time. When the seemingly naïve character, who does not know the contemporary world, sets off to find the robber, he gets involved in a number of absurd situations. Stubbornly, he follows the mysterious man, who keeps appearing in  new disguises. Eventually, when they stand face to face, it turns out that Kawanias’s goal was not to catch Teston.

 


Crew:

director
Tadeusz Chmielewski
script
Halina Wirska, Tadeusz Chmielewski
d.o.p.
Jerzy Stawicki
designer
Bolesław Kamykowski
costumes
Bolesław Kamykowski
editor
Janina Niedźwiecka
music
Henryk Czyż
cast
Ludwik Benoit, Janina Traczykówna,
Czesław Roszkowski, Stefan Bartik,
Bogdan Baer, Henryk Hunko
Materials: SD
Length: 92’