Dita Saxová

Antonín Moskalyk, 1967

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In the 1960s, the writer Arnošt Lustig contributed several times as a screenwriter in adaptations of his literary works. Besides Transport z ráje (Transport from Paradise, 1962) and Démanty noci (Diamonds of the Night, 1964), he also accepted an offer to turn his novel Dita Saxová into film form (1967). The director Antonín Moskalyk collaborated with Lustig on the script of the psychological story, as was the case with the TV movie Modlitba pro Kateřinu Horovitzovou (A Prayer for Kateřina Horovitzová, 1965). Similar to other Lustig works, Dita Saxová also touches on the issue of overcoming wartime trauma via a female protagonist… The year is 1947 and 18-year-old Jewish girl Dita, who has lived through the horrors of a concentration camp, is seeking a firm Jewish foothold in her life. She has lost all her relatives and acquaintances, and lives in a home established by the Jewish community. The girl is deprived of part of her family inheritance by a crafty lawyer. For Dita, however, interpersonal relationships are more important than property, but her friends abandon her and she later marries without love. The deeply affected girl ultimately succumbs to the dark shadows of her past… The low-key narrative does not rely on the drastic portrayal of wartime dramas, but on the situation of a seemingly well-balanced, beautiful girl, who has been irrevocably marked by the horrors she’s lived through. The internally fragile heroine does not manage to adapt to normal life and use the opportunities offered by the world around her… This remarkable film is based on a high-quality script, Moskalyk’s unobtrusive direction, and the performances of the main actors. Polish actress Krystyna Mikołajewská, who is known for the wartime drama The Red and the White (Csillagosok, katonák, 1967) by the Hungarian director Miklós Jancsó, excels in the title role. The actress with international credentials is dubbed by Blanka Bohdanová. The non-actress Noemi Sixtová, the experienced actress Jaroslava Obermaierová and the singer Yvonne Přenosilová appear in roles as Dita’s friends.
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About a film

Production year 1967
Countries Czechoslovakia
Categories film
Genres drama, psychological
Form feature
Duration 103 min
Director Antonín Moskalyk
Cast Krystyna Mikołajewska, Bohuš Záhorský, Karel Höger, Martin Růžek, Noemi Sixtová
Director of photography Jaroslav Kučera
Screenplay Arnošt Lustig, Antonín Moskalyk
Editor Zdeněk Stehlík
Production designer Vladimír Labský
Music Luboš Fišer
Sound designer Milan R. Novotný