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Witness for the Prosecution

Billy Wilder
USA 1957 / 116’

Witness for the Prosecution involves a complex Agatha Christie intrigue, snappy dialogues, refined verbal dues, a surprise ending, the gorgeous Marlene Dietrich and top-notch acting antics of Charles Laughton, assuring this court drama does not miss a single beat, keeping audiences breathlessly captivated from first to last frame. The opening situation seems fairly trite: Leonard Vole (Tyrone Power) is accused of murdering an elderly older woman to gain her inheritance. His devoted wife provides the alibi, but that where the predictable ends. Sir Wilfrid (Laughton) is Vole’s attorney, a stubborn aging gentleman with a razor-sharp tongue and unbending will. Wilder interweaves courtroom and genre scenes keeping viewers fresh and interested, unburdened of constantly following meanders of court proceedings.

Kamila Żyto


Złote Globy / Golden Globes 1958 – najlepsza aktorka drugoplanowa / best supporting actress

Billy Wilder

Billy Wilder, one of the most important directors in the history cinema, noted writer and producer, was born in 1906, in the town of Sucha in the Austro-Hungarian Empire (present-day Sucha Beskidzka in Poland). After studying law, he opted for a career in journalism. Moving to Berlin, he became an assistant screenwriter. Hitler’s rise to power convinced Wilder to emigrate, first to France and then the United States. Moving behind the camera, he went on to work with the brightest actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, winning six Oscars and top awards at Cannes and Venice. Wilder passed away in 2002.


1934 Złe nasienie / Mauvaise graine / Bad Seed

1942 Major i mała / The Major and the Minor

1943 Pięć grobów na drodze do Kairu / Five Graves to Cairo

1944 Podwójne ubezpieczenie / Double Indemnity

1945 Młyny śmierci / Death Mills (dok., kr. m. / doc., short)

1945 Stracony weekend / The Lost Weekend

1948 Cesarski walc / The Emperor Waltz

1948 Sprawy zagraniczne / A Foreign Affair

1950 Bulwar Zachodzącego Słońca / Sunset Blvd.

1951 As w potrzasku / Ace in the Hole

1953 Stalag 17

1954 Sabrina

1955 Słomiany wdowiec / The Seven Year Itch

1957 W duchu St. Louis / The Spirit of St. Louis

1957 Miłość po południu / Love in the Afternoon

1957 Świadek oskarżenia / Witness for the Prosecution

1959 Pół żartem, pół serio / Some Like It Hot

1960 Garsoniera / The Apartment

1961 Raz, dwa, trzy / One, Two, Three

1963 Słodka Irma / Irma la Douce

1964 Pocałuj mnie, głuptasie / Kiss Me, Stupid

1966 Szczęście Harry’ego / The Fortune Cookie

1970 Prywatne życie Sherlocka Holmesa / The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

1972 Avanti!

1974 Strona tytułowa / The Front Page

1978 Fedora

1981 Najlepszy kumpel / Buddy Buddy

Cast & Crew

director Billy Wilder
screenplay Billy Wilder, Harry Kurnitz; na podstawie opowiadania i sztuki Agathy Christie / based on a short story and play by Agatha Christie
cinematography Russell Harlan
editing Daniel Mandell
music Matty Malneck
cast Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, Charles Laughton, Elsa Lanchester, John Williams, Henry Daniell, Ian Wolfe
producer Arthur Hornblow Jr., Edward Small
production Edward Small Productions
sales Park Circus
language English, German
colouration b&w