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Distant Journey (1950)

Daleká cesta (original title)
The terrible effect of the Nazis upon a single Jewish family provides the basis for this drama. The family cannot handle the strain and gradually breaks up. Interspliced within the film are... See full summary »

Director:

Alfréd Radok

Writers:

Erik Kolár (story and screenplay), Mojmir Drvota (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Blanka Waleská ... MUDr. Hana Kaufmanová
Otomar Krejca ... MUDr. Antonin Bures
Viktor Ocásek Viktor Ocásek ... Ing. Oskar Kaufmann - Hana's father
Zdenka Baldová ... Hedvika Kaufmannová- Hana's mother
Eduard Kohout ... Professor Reiter
J.O. Martin J.O. Martin ... Karel Bures - Antonín's father
Josef Chvalina ... Pepa Bures - Antonín' brother
Anna Vanková Anna Vanková ... Margit - jewish wardress
Jirí Plachý Jirí Plachý ... Abrahamovic
Sasa Rasilov Sasa Rasilov ... Moseles
Jirí Spirit Jirí Spirit ... Honzík Kaufmann - Hana's brother
Rudolf Deyl ... Jarda Noha - worker
Zdenek Hodr ... Zdenek Klein - Hana's neighbour
Karel Jelínek Karel Jelínek ... Docent Brych
Jaroslav Seník Jaroslav Seník ... Beer - Head physician
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The terrible effect of the Nazis upon a single Jewish family provides the basis for this drama. The family cannot handle the strain and gradually breaks up. Interspliced within the film are newsreel clips of angry crowds, and scenes of horror. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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A SHOCKING FILM of the most terrible tragedy of the century!

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Drama | Thriller | War

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech | German

Release Date:

1 January 1950 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler's Inferno See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Seattle International Film Festival - David Jeffers for SIFFblog.com
10 June 2006 | by rdjeffersSee all my reviews

Saturday June 10, 1:30pm The Harvard Exit

This is the story of the Prague Jews surviving Nazi occupation during the war. The film takes the primary story image and shrinks it down to thumbnail size periodically, much like picture in picture, to show newsreel footage which uses a variety of sources including (if you can believe this) scenes from Leni Riefenstahl's 'Triumph of the Will' (1935)! Photographed quite nicely with an over all dark and oppressive tone, the use of sound effects is also highly unusual and effective as a tension-building device in a number of scenes. The central character Hana, a young doctor, remains in the city while her entire family is taken away to the death camps. The portrayal of Czech Jews in a struggle to retain their dignity in the face of terror and humiliation is sympathetic and effective.


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