When Angels Fall

1959

Drama / Fantasy / Short / War

132
IMDb Rating 6.9 10 1,124

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Roman Polanski as The lean
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199.23 MB
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Polish 2.0
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23.976 fps
21 min
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Polish 2.0
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23.976 fps
21 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by adygelber 9 / 10 / 10

One life in 20 minutes

One life in 20 minutes. Sad, but sometimes this is the truth. This short movie is about faith, is about destiny, and finally it is about broken dreams ... dreams which never die. For that old lady life is almost ended but her memories are now more powerful than ever because she has all the time to think at the past. In every man, in every person, which enters in that public toilette the woman saw ghosts from her past. This movie is very powerful through his images well captured by "Polanski's eye". Polanski has made a real masterpiece like almost all his movies are. (Please excuse my English because I know it is not very good)

Reviewed by Oettinger 8 / 10 / 10

Depressing but great.

This short film made me really depressed. So sad so sad. This is one of the greatest short movies I have seen for a long time. The only thing she wanted was to be loved. But never was. A film about intolerance. It shows the intolerance of homeless, gays and different believers. And like a lot of his short movies do, it gives us a good impression of the big hate he had to the communist system. The visual was impressive. The miniature town was ugly though, but gave a good effect, even in his young days Roman Polanski managed the art of visualising. The movie must have cost some money because of the war scenes, the costumes was not near the real thing, but did the job well. I loved the picture where you see the young main character making her way down to the town. Beautiful picture. Watch and enjoy ;)

Reviewed by Steffi_P 8 / 10 / 10

"I am trying to pay"

This was Polanski's graduation piece when he finished film school at Lodz, and it bears some striking differences to both his previous shorts and his later features. At the same time, it shows a maturing of his style and certainly was his most ambitious work up to that point. Perhaps the most obvious difference is its beauty and sentimentality. Polanski films can of course be deep and emotional, but they don't tend to wallow in emotional sentimentality. The bittersweet tale of an elderly toilet attendant daydreaming about the memories of her youth hits a similar note to Kurosawa's Ikiru or even Frank Capra's It's a Wonderful Life. This isn't a bad thing by any means. Polanski's attempt is a little obvious and heavy handed, but he demonstrates an ability to evoke emotions, and does create a truly beautiful film. The fact that this was his graduation explains perhaps why Polanski seems to have been going for a universal appeal, as well as covering all his bases as far as technique and style go. There are touches of neo-realism, but mixed in with stylisation and pure fantasy. Significantly he also switches back and forth between monochrome and colour. For me one of Polanski's greatest strengths is his restraint in using colour. Look at Tess for example – a 170 minute film with absolutely no vivid colours until the final ten. And this same talent for colour composition is on display in his very first use of it, with plenty of deep greens and browns later to be offset by blood red. More than in any of his previous shorts you really get to see here that Polanski simply had a natural talent for film-making. Where Angels Fall has a rhythm to it that some directors never achieve. Furthermore he tells a story across twenty minutes using only one line of dialogue – everything else is conveyed in characters and situations we can instantly grasp without words. For me the biggest wrong note in Where Angels Fall is the war section. It shifts the narrative from the woman to the soldier, and events which she never witnessed – which is strange since the rest of the film is so intensely personal, in fact about half of it is point of view shots from the woman's perspective. This is also the most obvious and unoriginal part, making it look tacked on. All in all, Where Angels Fall is a very well made and watchable short feature. It shows a side of Polanski rarely seen in any of his other work. On the other hand, it's not totally atypical Polanski, for example the public toilet where much of the action takes place is one of the earliest examples of his trademark claustrophobic interiors. If you're not put off by the sentimentality, it's a very enjoyable twenty minutes.

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