Kawalerowicz's celebrated film is considered one of the finest achievements of Polish cinema. Employing a classic Hitchcockian premise - two people, one possibly a killer on the run, sharing a compartment on a crowded overnight train - Kawalerowicz turns a thriller into an intriguing character study of ordinary people in unusual circumstances.
Featuring impressive performances from Lucyna Winnicka (Mother Joan of the Angels), Zbigniew Cybulski (the 'Polish James Dean') and Leon Niemczyk (Knife in the Water), Night Train is more than simply a thriller... taut and gripping but also suffused with humour and warmth and boasting a wonderful jazz score by renowned composer Andrzej Trzaskowski.
• Presented from a new high-definition restoration of the film, supervised by the film's cinematographer Jan Laskowski.
• About Night Train: an extract from a documentary on Jerzy Kawalerowicz.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• 16-page booklet featuring a new essay by writer, editor and film historian Michael Brooke.
• Optimal quality dual-layer disc.
Lucyna Winnicka - Marta
Leon Niemczyk - Jerzy
Teresa Szmigielówna - Lawyer's wife
Zbigniew Cybulski - Staszek
Helena Dąbrowska – Conductress
Directed byJerzy Kawalerowicz
Screenplay – Jerzy Lutowski, Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Cinematography – Jan Laskowski
Art Direction – Ryszard Potocki
Editor – Wiesława Otocka
Sound - Józef Bartczak
Music - Andrzej Trzaskowski
Night Train is also available as part of the
Polish Cinema Classics Box Set
Jerzy Kawalerowicz's acclaimed film
Mother Joan of the Angels (Matka Joanna od Aniołów)
is also available from Second Run DVD
Venice Film Festival, 1959 / Best Actress - Lucyna Winnicka
"Kawalerowicz's masterwork... visually magnificent"
Bright Lights Film Journal
"A superbly taut thriller, constantly challenging its audience... the tension is unbearable and well handled at all times" thirtyframesasecond
"This is magnificent filmmaking on every level" Digital Fix
"Taught, compelling and insightful" Strictly Film School