Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

ESCAPE FROM THE LIBERTY CINEMA

 

Year: 2000
Country: Poland
Run Time: 92 minutes

ESCAPE FROM THE LIBERTY CINEMA

Deserted by his family and distrusted by his co-workers, a government censor goes about his thankless work. He took his job not for power or prestige or politics, but because it was a job. In a movie theatre across the street from his office, the actors in a B movie get fed up with their pointless dialogue, and go on strike. The censor is forced to close the theatre until his superiors can be summoned. When a critic notes a similarity between their current dilemma and Woody Allen's "Purple Rose of Cairo," a reel from that film is screened, and after some confusion, Woody Allen's main character finds himself trapped in a bad Polish movie. Many of Marezewski's features have been censored in Poland, this one included. His observations here are incisive.

Screenplay
Wojciech Marczewski

Producer
Film Studio TOR

Cinematography
Jerzy Zielinski

Editing
Elzbieta Kurkowska

Principal Cast
Janus Gajos, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Teresa Marczewska

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