fbpx PASSENGER | Gene Siskel Film Center



1963, Andrzej Munk, Poland, 62 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Feb 8th 11:00am

“Superb...a humanist enterprise of great courage, insight, honor and mystery.”
— Roger Greenspun, The New York Times

PASSENGER, a classic of Polish cinema, was the final project of director Munk (EROICA), completed after his tragic early death by his friend Witold Lesiewicz. Based on the novel by Holocaust survivor Zofia Posmysz, the story unfolds through the contrasting viewpoints of victim and perpetrator, as former Auschwitz SS officer Liza (Slaska) recognizes a fellow ocean-liner passenger (Ciepielewska) as one of her former prisoners. Filmed partly on location in Auschwitz. In Polish with English subtitles. 35mm.

There will be a brief talk before the screening and a Q&A afterward, led by Zbigniew Banas, film critic and instructor of Polish cinema at Loyola University.

Presented in collaboration with Lyric Opera of Chicago as part of Memory and Reckoning, a series presented in conjunction with Lyric’s staging of Mieczysław Weinberg’s opera The Passenger, February 24-March 15.