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The Catamount Killing

Krzysztof Zanussi
USA, West Germany 1974 / 102’

Little is known of Mark's past when he arrives at a small town to work as a manager of the local bank. His passion for the somewhat neurotic, resigned Kit will start a series of misfortunes...

This is the first film Zanussi made abroad, in the USA and - what's more - with someone else's screenplay, an adaptation of a novel by James Hardley Chase. Otto Preminger was said to be an unofficial inspiration for this independent production. Zanussi accepted this job, so unlike his typical style, because, as he wrote in his autobiography, he wanted an adventure and to find his way to a broad audience, while also being honest to himself. Toutes proportions gardées, the plot can be associated with motifs from Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment - it speaks of a murder in cold blood of a wholly innocent victim and about the need to accept the consequences of one's deeds.

The film was bought by many countries but in Poland it was distributed twenty years after its premiere and was screened at independent cinemas and on TV.

Mirella Napolska

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