“The Passenger”: An Image Extracted from Mud Cover Image

„Pasażerka”. Obraz wyrwany z błota
“The Passenger”: An Image Extracted from Mud

Author(s): Adam Cichoń
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Instytut Sztuki Polskiej Akademii Nauk
Keywords: Andrzej Munk; Jean-Luc Godard; Georges Didi-Huberman; trauma; unimaginable; Polish cinema

Summary/Abstract: At the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Andrzej Munk’s The Passenger, Tadeusz Lubelski said that for Jean-Luc Godard, this was the best war film ever directed. Although it would be difficult to find documents confirming these words, the author of the article decided to rethink this statement and answer the question why The Passenger could be considered as the best war film. In so doing, the author attempts to perform the “work of imagination” which Didi-Huberman proposed as a method of fight against “the unimaginable”, a fight which is always undertaken “in spite of all”. In this article, the premises of Didi-Huberman’s method and Benjamin’s historical materialism are used to rethink montage in The Passenger. This work is a unique example of a film finished after the death of its author. The unusual montage used in The Passenger invites reflection about the trauma of image. At the same time, it is an exceptional testimony of image extracted from the mud of “the unimaginable”, an image saved from oblivion.

  • Issue Year: 2021
  • Issue No: 114
  • Page Range: 88-103
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Polish