In Darkness

"I never thought I'd miss the ghetto."

For Agnieszka Holland’s third and final (she says) film about the Holocaust, she landed on a unique story that has shades of others before and after detailing gentiles saving Jews, but that’s set in a very unique location – the sewers below the city. That meant a lot of dark scenes, but Holland didn’t shy away from them. She worked with Jolanta Dylewska, her cinematographer, and together, they created a beautifully dark palette that feels authentic and not like The Third Man. Join us – Pete Wright and Andy Nelson – as we continue our Agnieszka Holland series with her 2011 film In Darkness.

We discuss the nature of Holocaust films and the nature of criticism when looking at stories that are so authentically real and horrible, but are also films. We look at the brilliant lead performance by Robert Wieckiewicz and why he works so well in the film. We chat about the nature of characters in this film and why Holland works so hard to allow her characters to challenge us with their flaws. And we discuss the design of the dark sewer locations, filming in them, and how to write music that works for the film.

It’s a powerful film, albeit a tough one, that has its issues but still works effectively. We have a great time talking about it, so check it out then tune in to this week’s show! The Next Reel – when the movie ends, our conversation begins.

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