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Hunting Flies

A bureaucrat, living in cramped quarters with his wife and extended family, meets a seductive university student and becomes a slave to her upwardly mobile ambitions. The Warsaw of this 1969 film bears a striking resemblance to Swinging London, and its rambling, self-indulgent satire of the tension between the sexes and the futility of communism seems equally dated. Malgorzata Braunek brings a kooky menace to the student, a free spirit who ensnares her groveling quarry like some Venus flytrap, but her paramour, played by Zygmunt Malanowicz, is a caricature too feeble to elicit any sympathy. Andrzej Wajda (Man of Marble) directed, and while the film's stale misogyny doesn't reflect well on him, he's clearly working toward a looser, more fashionable style, with tight close-ups, jittery pans, and a sound track filled with British pop and American blues. 104 min.

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