Wśród nocnej ciszy is often considered the best crime story in the history of Polish cinema. Nowadays, following the triumph of a wave of Scandinavian crime thrillers, the film by Tadeusz Chmielewski is sometimes described as “the best Scandinavian crime story from Poland.”
Filmed in 1978, it was based on the novel Śledztwo prowadzi radca Heumann/Příběh kriminálního rady written by Ladislav Fuks in 1971. It is a morbid story about looking for a serial killer, which combines a crime plot with psychological elements.
Tadeusz Chmielewski remains one of only a few Polish filmmakers who dedicated virtually their entire film work to genre cinema.
In his “Wśród nocnej ciszy,” he showed both his excellent taste for psychological horrors and the capability of creating expressive characters. Together with the cinematographer and music composer, all three of them managed to create a very-dark atmosphere, which has its effect on the viewers.
The most-essential shots in the film by Tadeusz Chmielewski were taken in Bydgoszcz
and Toruń. When filming in Bydgoszcz, the film crew used outdoor locations by the Brda River and in the Old Town. The locations included
The film was also shot in a number of outdoor locations and interiors in Toruń. They include
Wśród nocnej ciszy / Amid the night silence
Poland 1978, 116′
Directed by: Tadeusz Chmielewski
Screenplay: Tadeusz Chmielewski
Cinematography: Jerzy Stawicki
Music: Jerzy Matuszkiewicz
Produced by: Zespół Filmowy X
Copyright: Studio Filmowe Kadr
Cast: Tomasz Zaliwski, Piotr Łysak, Henryk Bista, Mirosław Konarowski, Jerzy Bończak, Bolesław Smela, and others.
The Gdańsk Film Festival – The “Silver Badge” Award for production design; and others.