Feb 3, 2015 7:00 PM
The Long Journey
Tuesday Film Club. The Long Journey (Daleká cesta), režie Alfréd Radok.
Screenig of this film is a part of the multimedia project "Shoah in Us" - more info here
The Long Journey (Daleká cesta ), directed by Alfréd Radok, 1948, 108 min.
The Long Journey is something of a legend in the Czech Republic, and even during the 40-year period for which it was banned it remained in the Czech collective consciousness as one of the country's film masterpieces. (Václav Havel, for example, wrote some important analytical essays on Radok's work in the 1960s and also penned a very impressive obituary when the director died in 1976).
It was well-received internationally at the time and is to the present day the definitive Czech Holocaust film, even in comparison with later classics such as Jan Němec's Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night, 1964) and Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos's Oscar-winning Obchod na korze (The Shop on the High Street, 1965).
The plot of this cinematic work of art is very personal. Alfréd Radok (1917 -1976) was himself only half Jewish, but he lost a large part of his family to the concentration camps in the Second World War. His father and his grandfather died in a transit camp-the ghetto town of Terezín (Theresienstadt), where part of Daleká cesta takes place.
Radok was himself imprisoned in the last months of the war in the detention camp of Klettendorf near Wrocław, from which he managed to escape. Daleká cesta was his first film, started only three years after the tragic events of the Holocaust that affected his family so much. He shot the film partly in Prague's Barrandov film studios and partly on location in Terezín—for him a very difficult and painful experience.
Daleká cesta was filmed at a very difficult and dark time:
in the autumn and winter of 1948 to 1949. The totalitarian Communist regime in
postwar Czechoslovakia had just come to power (in February 1948) and Radok's
film was one of the last expressions of cultural freedom for a long time to
come. At that time, however, this freedom was already limited by new censorship
and this fact influenced the final shape of the film.
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Feb 3, 2015 7:00 PM