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Adelheid (1970)

In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family. He falls in love with the daughter, who is now a maid, and is forced to ... See full summary »

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Frantisek Vlácil

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Vladimír Körner (screenplay), Vladimír Körner (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Petr Cepek ... Viktor Chotovický
Emma Cerná ... Adelheid Heidenmannová
Jan Vostrcil ... Sergeant Hejna
Jana Krupicková Jana Krupicková ... Girl
Pavel Landovský ... Guardsman Jindra
Lubomír Tlalka Lubomír Tlalka ... Guardsman Karel
Milos Willig Milos Willig ... Staff captain
Karel Hábl ... Guardian
Zdenek Mátl Zdenek Mátl ... Hansgeorg Heidenmann
Alzbeta Frejková Alzbeta Frejková ... Old german women
Josef Nemecek Josef Nemecek ... Slovakian
Karel Belohradský Karel Belohradský ... Guardsman
Vlasta Petriková Vlasta Petriková ... Women
Bohumil Vávra Bohumil Vávra ... Vicar (scenes deleted)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Josef Somr ... Guardsman Karel (voice)
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In the aftermath of World War II, a former Czech soldier takes charge of a manor formerly owned by a German family. He falls in love with the daughter, who is now a maid, and is forced to confront the stress between his love and his conscience when he discovers her sheltering her German-soldier brother. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

6 April 1970 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Adélaïde See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rare treatment of a forgotten subject
8 July 2010 | by Lichtmesz23See all my reviews

ADELHEID is one of the very few films dealing with the largely forgotten brutal expulsion of the ethnic (Sudeten) German from Bohemia and Moravia in the aftermath WWII. It is even more remarkable as it was in Czechoslovakia in 1970, when this was still a dark taboo chapter in the country's history (only in the last two decades a change has occurred). The expulsion ("Odsun") of up to 3 Million people was accompanied by terrible massacres of civilians, whose perpetrators have been covered by the state afterwards through general amnesties.

Generally regarded within Czech society as an eye-for-an-eye consequence and just punishment for Hitler's occupation, ADELHEID was the first (and for decades only) film to question such a view and to criticize post-WWII treatment of the Germans by the Czechs or even present the subject. Directed by the brilliant Frantisek Vlacil (MARKETA LAZAROVA), the film has a meditative, poetic atmosphere and a few non-realistic elements: the expelled Germans dressed in black at the beginning of the film appear like ghosts in the mist, the house of the Nazi party official, where most of the action takes place, is rather presented like some mythical ogre's home from some ancient fairy tale.


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