(aka 'Interrogation')

Directed by Ryszard Bugajski
Poland 1982


Singer/performer Antonina 'Tonia' Dziwisz (played in a tour-de-force by Krystyna Janda) awakens arrested... and is then interrogated - she is sure the allegations, whatever they may prove to be, are totally unsubstantiated. Her answers to the continuous and probing questions are not satisfactory to the inquiring officials and she is tortured... and worse. In a clear representation of inspired human will she is determined not to be broken and give in to her tormentors. As Janda's spirit fights capitulation we are lifted by her uncommon strength of will. Filled with atmospheres of locked prison cells and dimly lit holding areas with claustrophobic overtones, director Ryszard Bugajski's bleak offering was promptly banned by the Polish authorities for over 8 years. A fascinating, if harrowing and exhaustive film.

Gary W. Tooze



Theatrical Release: September 19th, 1990

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DVD Review: Second Run DVD - Region 2, 4 - PAL

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Distribution Second Run DVD - Region 2,4 - PAL
Runtime 1:51:52 
Video 1.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.57 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Polish (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Second Run DVD

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.30:1

Edition Details:

• Featurette: "Introduction to Interrogation' by Ryszard Bugajski
• 12-page liner notes booklet with essays

DVD Release Date: October 3rd, 2005

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12



The presentation doesn't look bad at all, the film is intentionally dark and Second Run have not attempted any manipulations to alter that. The removable-subtitle image has a bit of gloss to it, but is otherwise quite acceptable. Again, Second Run offer a unique cinema 'find' that they augment with the half-hour featurette of the director discussing the film and a 12-page liner notes booklet with essays. Second Run are fabulous and we can only hope they stay around for a long time with continuous output of this clandestine cinema.  

Gary W. Tooze


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