Hands Up! (Rece do gory)

Feature Film | PL 1981 | 76' | Subtitled English

Skolimowski plays his alter ego Andrzej Leszczyc for the third time. In formal and political terms, HANDS UP! was supposed to become the most radical chapter of his portrait of the Polish post-war generation. However, the censorship office banned the film in 1967, in part due to a scene featuring a giant four-eyed Stalin staring down from a huge placard like an all-seeing Big Brother. Even though Stalinism had officially been abolished, no one was at liberty to just make fun of the dictator. Skolimowski had to emigrate from Poland. Fourteen years later, with more relaxed censorship rules in place, a cinematic release of HANDS UP! became possible. However, Skolimowski did not settle for that. He expanded his film, which had been inspired by Eugène Ionesco’s theater of the absurd, to include a prolog shot in war-torn Beirut and in London. An attempt to pursue the question of »who we used to be and who we are now,« this 25-minute prelude is an essayistic masterpiece with an imposing score by Krzysztof Penderecki and unsettling images of the Lebanese capital ravaged by war.

Production Managers
Jerzy Nitecki, Tadeusz Karwański
Director
Jerzy Skolimowski
Script
Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Kostenko
Photography
Witold Sobociński, Andrzej Kostenko
Editor
Zenon Piórecki
Sound
Norbert Mędlewski, Jan Czerwiński
Music
Krzysztof Komeda, Józef Skrzek, Krzysztof Penderecki
Principal Cast
Jerzy Skolimowski, Adam Hanuszkiewicz, Bogumił Kobiela, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Joanna Szczerbic, Alan Bates
Production Companies
Polish Corporation for Film Production “Zespoly Filmowe”/Syrena/ arte France Cinéma

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