When Angels Fall


When Angels Fall

Infobox_Film
name = When Angels Fall (Gdy spadają anioly)
writer = Roman Polański
director = Roman Polański
starring = Barbara Lass
Roman Polański
Henryk Kluba
Andrzej Kondratiuk
music = Krzysztof Komeda
cinematography = Henryk Kucharski
Length = 21 mins. |

When Angels Fall, or Gdy spadają anioły, was a short film written and directed by Roman Polański in 1959. The idea for the film was taken from a short story "Klozet Babcia" (aka "Toilet Granny"), written by Leszek Szymański and published in the weekly "Kierunki" in Warsaw, Poland. The film was Polanski's first one produced in color.

The film, told mostly in flashback, portrays a toilet granny who reminisces about her former life while daydreaming at her dreary job.

(Note:The Polanski film is unrelated to the 1985 stage play "When Angels Fall" by Michael Jones and Linda Renye.)

Production notes

*During the World War II flashback scene, the lead character is played by Polański in drag.
*Polański cast seventeen-year-old Basia Kwiatkowska, later Barbara Lass, to play the lead character in the earliest flashbacks. The two were later married for a short time.
*An alternative English title is often "When Angels Fall Down...".

References

*cite web | last = Stafford | first = Jeff | title = Special Event: Roman Polanski Shorts | work = Behind the Camera: The Short Circuit | publisher = Turner Classic Movies website | url = http://www.tcm.com/thismonth/article/?cid=142652&mainArticleId=142631 | accessdate = 2007-01-22

Further reading

*cite book | last = Leaming | first = Barbara | title = Polanski, The Filmmaker as Voyeur: A Biography | publisher = Simon & Schuster | date = 1981 | location = New York | id = ISBN 0671249851
*cite book | last = Parker | first = John | title = Polanski | publisher = Victor Gollancz Ltd | date = 1994 | location = London | id = ISBN 0575056150

External links

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