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Retrospective, Lithuania 1959, 87 Min., lith. OV, engl. st
Kaunas in the 1930s, a city with high unemployment, where many people dream of emigrating to the USA. That includes young Adam, who lives on a boat in the harbour and listens to the stories told by the old sea wolf “Captain” about Singapore, Hawaii, and other exotic destinations. Adam succeeds in getting a job in the emigration office and then falls in love with laundrywoman Liucé. They begin to save money for a ship’s passage for the two of them. But an ominous “American” also shows interest in Liucé. In Vytautas Žalakevičius’ solo directing debut, now a classic, “man is shark to man”. In keeping with the American film noir styles, it’s a story of criminal machinations, with Adam’s boss at the centre of it all, embodied with uncanny familiarity by Donatas Banionis, the later star of such large-scale productions as “Goya” and “Solaris”.
Director Vytautas Žalakevičius
Screenplay Vytautas Sirijos Gira, Vytautas Žalakevičius, nach einem Roman von Vytautas Sirijos Gira
Producer Šlaumė Berelovičius
Cast Vytautas Puodžiukaitis (Adam), Audronė Bajerčiūtė (Liucé), Stasys Petronaitis (Petras), Juozas Miltinis (Kapitän)
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