The Third Part of the Night Screen 2 articles

The Third Part of the Night

1971

The Third Part of the Night Poster
  • Starts out remarkably placid by the standards he'd soon develop, but even this first effort ultimately takes a turn for the vividly grotesque, as our hero's work on behalf of the Polish underground finds him volunteering to have thousands of live lice feed on him for hours at a time. Zulawski finds an effective balance between the outrageous and the mundane; too bad he then immediately lost it.

  • Żuławski divulges important information about the characters in short, unexpected bursts, and the plot moves sinuously between the hero's present, past, and dream life. Moreover, the camera is almost always moving hurriedly around the characters, as though the director were having trouble keeping up with his own subjects.