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...and the Fifth Horseman Is Fear (1965)

...a pátý jezdec je Strach (original title)
TV-MA | | Drama, War | 6 May 1968 (USA)
A Jewish doctor in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia risks his life and attempts to regain his identity by assisting a wounded political fugitive.

Director:

Zbynek Brynych

Writers:

Milan Nejedlý (technical screenplay), Hana Belohradska (prose Bez krásy, bez límce) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Miroslav Machácek ... Dr. Braun
Olga Scheinpflugová Olga Scheinpflugová ... Music Teacher
Zdenka Procházková ... Mrs. Vesely
Jirí Adamíra ... Mr. Vesely
Josef Vinklár ... Fanta
Ilja Prachar ... Sidlak
Jana Pracharová Jana Pracharová ... Sidlak's Wife
Jirí Vrstála ... Police Inspector
Tomás Hádl Tomás Hádl ... Honzik
Eva Svobodová ... Porter's Wife
Jirí Pleskot ... Husband
Milan Mach Milan Mach ... Husband
Mirko Musil ... Husband
Roman Hemala Roman Hemala ... Husband
Slávka Budínová ... Mrs. Wiener
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Storyline

Dr. Braun is forbidden to practice medicine because he's a Jew living in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. He's old, seems resigned about the fate of the Jews, and even works in the Department of Confiscation of Jewish Property. One day a neighbor asks him to assist a wounded political fugitive. Dr. Braun reluctantly operates to remove the bullet, but warns that plenty of morphine will soon be needed in order to keep the man from screaming when he awakes, which would attract unwanted attention. After some soul searching, Dr. Braun decides to redeem himself and reclaim his identify as a person and doctor by continuing to provide assistance. His search for the scarce morphine takes him on a nightmarish journey which includes a brothel where local women are forced to be prostitutes for German soldiers, a bar where the locals try to drown their misery in booze and dancing, and a Jewish insane asylum with a high suicide rate. Meanwhile, in a world where there is constant propaganda instructing... Written by TimeNTide

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

6 May 1968 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in The Projectionist (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Toccata and Fugue in D minor
(uncredited)
Music by Johann Sebastian Bach
Played during the shower scene
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alas
28 August 2006 | by fiz-2See all my reviews

The Fifth Horseman is Fear is one of those remarkable classics of the Czech so-called New Wave film making, until it was suppressed by the Communist government (and this film, incidentally was banned there). This is one of my most favorite films and I have been waiting and waiting for it to become available (it used to be distributed by Orion Films). Finally, the DVD was issued, and I discovered that one of the key scenes is omitted. This scene, the protagonist's visit to a Nazi brothel (in the course of his search for morphine for the wounded resistance fighter) was one of the original highlights of an already wonderful film. So what happened? Was it censored in the copy that the DVD people used? If anyone has any information about this or as to how I can find the "real" thing, I'd be grateful.


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