Romeo, Juliet and Darkness

Jiří Weiss, 1959



Based on a literary work by author Jan Otčenášek, this 1959 love story is set against the backdrop of the oppressive reign of Nazi Protectorate Reich-Protector Reinhard Heydrich. In the spring of 1942, student Pavel Rumler hides in his attic a Jewish girl called Hanka Ledererová, who has managed to escape the forced transports. The young couple fall in love, but Pavel is unable to protect his secret love from the earth-shattering events taking place in the world outside. Made by director Jiří Weiss, Romeo, Julie a tma (Romeo, Juliet and Darkness) skilfully evokes the climate of wartime fear suffocating this star-crossed couple. Slovak actor Ivan Mistrík gained a major break in the role of Pavel. Dana Smutná plays Hanka in her onscreen debut. Additionally, experienced actress Blanka Bohdanová plays Miss Kubiasová, a traitorous betrayer, who easily forgets her patriotic duties while wrapped in the arms of a German Nazi officer.
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About a film

film_production_year 1959
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama
film_form feature
film_duration 92 min
film_director Jiří Weiss
film_cast Ivan Mistrík, Dana Smutná, Jiřina Šejbalová, František Smolík, Blanka Bohdanová, Eva Mrázová
film_director_of_photography Václav Hanuš
film_screenplay Jiří Weiss, Jan Otčenášek
film_film_editor Miroslav Hájek
film_production_designer Karel Škvor
film_music_composed_by Jiří Srnka
film_sound_designer Emil Poledník