#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as they encounter the tempations of the West and loneliness and separation from their families. Nowak is the only one of the group who speaks English, and he uses this as a tool over his team. When the unrest in Poland leads to a military takeover, Nowak is faced with a much more difficult situation than he expected.
Plot: A Polish contractor, Nowak, leads a group of workmen to London so they can provide cheap labor for a government official based there. Nowak (Irons) has to manage the project and the men as they encounter the tempations of the West and loneliness and separation from their families. Nowak is the only one of the group who speaks English, and he uses this as a tool over his team. When the unrest in Poland leads to a military takeover, Nowak is faced with a much more difficult situation than he expected.
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Powerfully acted and thoughtfully told
Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Moonlighting” is an outstanding achievement in many respects. Not only does it contain one of the most fulfilling performances that has ever been put to the screen, but it also serves as a political allegory, a smartly-told drama, and a unique exercise in creating suspense.
On the surface, the story is rather simple: sometime in the early 80’s, during the political turmoil that was occurring in Poland, a group of Polish workers emigrate to London to renovate an apartment for their boss. They have no working permits, so they have to do their job with as much secrecy as possible. When Novak (Jeremy Irons), their English-speaking foreman, discovers that military law has been declared in their homeland, he tries to keep it a secret until they are allowed back into the country.
This may not seem like much of a story compared to most modern thrillers. There are no police out to get Novak and his men, nor are there any political opponents out to assassinate them. They are simply there to do their job, and Novak has to make sure they do it effectively and on time. Small but crucial subplots develop out of this: in order to feed himself and his men, Novak has to fake receipts for food (due to the limited amount of money they brought with them), and there are several scenes where he tries to get past the clerks at a grocery store with a Christmas turkey. He also has to buy them clothes and fulfill some of their material demands. On top of that, he also begins to develop fears and worries about his wife back home, including the suspicion that his boss may be having an affair with her. As the story progresses, Novak’s money runs lower and his fear and paranoia grows stronger.
Because he is the only one of them who can speak English, Novak is the only one who can communicate with the outside world. But he is also very manipulative, and serves as a symbol of a government that misled their people and kept them ignorant of many of their own problems. It is interesting to see how Skolimowski develops sympathy for poor Novak; for all his intelligence, he is still nothing more than a pawn in the hands of a corrupt government. He is a stranger in a strange land, lost and faking his knowledge of his whereabouts. It would have been difficult to make this film convincing had the lead role not been played to perfection, but Jeremy Irons does it with more grace and skill than any other actor possibly could. Much of his performance is spent in narration, subtly explaining his growing confusion and terror. There are several moments where he keeps a perfectly straight face while rambling on in his head about the grave situation he is in. His performance here holds its own in a year that also included Dustin Hoffman in “Tootsie,” Ben Kingsly in “Gandhi,” Gerard Depardieu in “Danton,” Paul Newman in “The Verdict,” Jurgen Prochnow in “Das Boot,” and Jack Lemmon in “Missing.”
Like Andrej Wajda (who made “Man of Marble” and “Danton”), Jerzy Skolimowski was an outspoken critic of Poland’s communist regime. Curiously, he wrote the script in only a little over a day, and the whole production of the film took only a matter of months. Furthermore, the three Polish workers accompanying Novak in the story were actual Polish emigrants living (legally) in Skolimowski’s home at the time military law was declared. “Moonlighting” won a well deserved screenplay award at Cannes and was nominated for the Palme d’Or.
This film is on video, but I do not think it is still being circulated. I hope they re-release it on video or DVD someday.
An Interesting And Entertaining Film !!!
Jerzy Skolimkowski’s Moonlighting (1982) Is a pretty good film. It’s a film that really has no deep “meaning” or symbolism. It’s just good storytelling. Very innovative storyline in a well thought out and well executed film.
Although Jeremy Irons delivered a very good performance in the lead role, the film would’ve been better with an actual Polish actor who could speak English too. Iron’s British accent was not very believable with a character who was supposedly from Poland.
It is sort of weird too that the workers with Nowak had no dialogue in the film. We hear in English what Nowak says about them, but Nowak’s coworkers never speak for themselves in the film.
The film tried a little too hard at suspense too. The whole shoplifting scheme by Nowak (Irons) was too overplayed. Nowak’s apparent emotional instability was too overplayed as well. Generally, the storyline was innovative enough and interesting enough that it didn’t need the extra “baggage” that the screenplay put on the main character Nowak.
It’s still a very interesting and engaging bit of storytelling though. The cinematography was good too.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 37 min (97 min), 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (USA), 1 hr 37 min (97 min) (Argentina)
Director Jerzy Skolimowski
Writer Jerzy Skolimowski
Actors Jeremy Irons, Eugene Lipinski, Jirí Stanislav
Country United Kingdom
Awards 3 wins & 3 nominations
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Laboratory Rank Film Laboratories, Denham, UK (film processing)
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm (Fuji A 250T 8518)
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm