The Third Part of the Night

The Third Part of the Night
Directed by Andrzej Żuławski
Written by Andrzej Żuławski
Mirosław Żuławski
Starring Małgorzata Braunek
Leszek Teleszyński
Music by Andrzej Korzyński
Cinematography Witold Sobociński
Release dates
  • 1971 (1971)
Running time
105 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

The Third Part of the Night (Polish: Trzecia część nocy) is a 1971 Polish drama film directed by Andrzej Żuławski.


The film is set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. German soldiers slaughter Michal's wife, son and mother. Michal and his father avoid death by remaining in the forest. Michal decides to join the resistance but before his first meeting, the Gestapo kill his go-between and chase him. During his escape he gets into an apartment of a pregnant woman and helps her with the childbirth. The woman appears to be a doppelganger of his murdered wife. Michal gets a job in the typhus center, where he is guinea pig for lice after being immunized to make more vaccine. He goes to the hospital to end a misery of a man mistaken by him and tortured where he seems to see his own body and is finally reconciled with himself.



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