What’s on TV Friday: ‘Cold War’ and ‘The OA’


Pawel Pawlikowski’s acclaimed “Cold War” is streaming on Amazon. And Netflix releases the next season of “The OA.”

COLD WAR (2018) Stream on Amazon. This latest black-and-white film from the Oscar-winning Polish director Pawel Pawlikowski packs a decades-long romance into a swift 89 minutes. That it includes Polish, French, German, Russian, Italian and Croatian dialogue hints at its country-hopping nature. It begins in the Polish countryside at the end of the 1940s, when a musician, Wiktor (Tomasz Kot), and his colleague, Irena (Agata Kulesza), travel among villages recording the music of the people living there. While traveling, Wiktor meets Zula (Joanna Kulig), a singer. Romance ignites between them amid a thorny political landscape. They struggle to navigate that landscape — together and apart and together again — for years after, in several European countries. In her review for The New York Times, Manohla Dargis praised the film’s “two knockout leads” and the cinematography, which, she wrote, “is filled with ordinary and surprising beauty, with gleaming and richly textured surfaces, and the kind of velvety black chiaroscuro you can get lost in.”

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS (2001) 9 p.m. on Syfy. This first movie in what became a franchise stars Paul Walker as an undercover Los Angeles police officer in the nitrous-oxide-propelled world of illegal street racing. Pair it with “The Last Race” on Hulu for distinct approaches to car culture on different coasts.



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