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(aka 'Eva Wants to Sleep')

Directed by Tadeusz Chmielewski
Poland 1958


The heroine, newly arrived in the city, is unable to find a place to sleep the night before her training school opens. First she is befriended by a clumsy young crook. He soon loses her to a handsome policeman who takes her to the station-house to spend the night. There a variety of slapstick incidents happen, and the lass is next rushed by her benefactor to a woman factory-worker's hotel where the alarm spreads that the joint is being raided and half-dressed gentlemen pop out of all the rooms.

So it goes, with a Keystone comedy mix-up over an attempted jewel robbery happening on the side, until our young lady and her nice policeman end up spending the night in the park.

Not so unusual about it is its antique comedy style and its frequent soggy explosion into ghoulish buffoonery. Evidently Tadeusz Chmielewski, its young director (whose first film this is), steeped himself in Keystone cut-ups and the early French films of René Clair.

Excerpt from the NY Times located HERE


Theatrical Release: March 17th, 1858

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DVD Review: KinoRP - Region 0 - PAL

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Distribution KinoRP - Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:36:36 (4% PAL speedup)
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 8.75 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 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), Descriptive Audio (in Polish)
Subtitles English, Polish, None

Release Information:
Studio: KinoRP

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• looks like mostly trailers (in Polish) 

DVD Release Date: February, 2014

Digi-book style Case
Chapters: 12



Recommended by a good friend, Eva Wants to Sleep didn't disappoint. An inspired and delightful comedy sprinkled with homage. Quite the lark! Charlie tells us: "Eve arrives in the big city from the country but can't find a place to sleep for the night, so is cast adrift in what basically amounts to an alternate world, the world of people who live at night, and a wonder-filled world it is. Comedies weren't all that common in 1958 Poland, but this one is a winner.

As far as I know there is no US edition of this, including Facets, so the service you would be rendering (and the fun you'll have just watching it) will be worth the effort.

Trust me on this one - it's wild, somewhere between surreal and slapstick (or maybe the point where the two intersect), and just a blast. I first saw it in the old Surf Theater in San Francisco back in the 60s - and once since then, though where the second viewing was I cannot recall.

The KinoRP DVD is like their other products - exceptional. This is dual-layered with a high bitrate and comes from a strong source. There is no real damage and strong contrast supporting impressive detail for SD. Audio is flat but clean - in original Polish and close to the same quality that it was produced. Like the other KinoRP disc it offers first a 'descriptive audio track. Good news again there are optional English subtitles. It is region FREE and in the PAL standard.

This has not been an easy film to see in the West and this DVD marks an excellent opportunity to view it - in very pleasing quality! This is a great piece of cinema and I doubt we will ever see it in a better transfer (I'm highly doubtful of a 1080P release.) This is strongly recommended! 

Gary W. Tooze


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