Samson

1961, 117 min.

Samson (1961)

Production

Director Andrzej Wajda
Screenplay Kazimierz Brandys, Andrzej Wajda,
based on a novel by Kazimierz Brandys
Cinematography Jerzy Wojcik
Music Tadeusz Baird

Cast

Jakub Gold “Samson” Serge Merlin
Lucyna Alina Janowska
Kazia Elzbieta Kepinksa
Pankrat Tadeusz Bartosik
Fialka Wladyslaw Kowalski
Malina Jan Ciecierski
Stasia Beata Tyszkiewicz
and Roman Polanski

Story

Profound psychological study of a man who accidentally kills a schoolmate in a brawl and is imprisoned. Released with the onset of World War II, only to be locked up once more, but in the Warsaw Ghetto. Again he escapes and finds himself trapped, this time in a world of non-Jews where the threat of capture is ever-present. This powerful film makes extraordinary use of naturalistic symbols and a wide screen format.