Convoy Leaving Paradise

Zbyněk Brynych, 1962



During his time working as a screenwriter at the Barrandov film studios in the 1960s, the writer Arnošt Lustig only participated in films that were based on his literary source materials. In 1962, he reworked his story Noc a naděje (Night and Hope) into the wartime prison drama Transport from Paradise (A Convoy Leaving Paradise), which was directed by Zbyněk Brynych. This impressive movie is set in the Terezín ghetto in the autumn of 1944. The discovery of an anti-fascist poster by the camp’s management should be a death sentence for 4,000 men and women, who await immediate transportation to the Birkenau extermination camp. However, in an atmosphere of hopelessness and in the shadow of death, the prisoners do not lose their dignity, as well as their faith in humanity and in ordinary love… In the 1960s, Zbyněk Brynych also revisited the period of the Second World War with the films A pátý jezdec je Strach (And the Fifth Rider Is Fear, 1964) as well as Já, spravedlnost (I, Justice, 1967).
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About a film

film_production_year 1962
film_countries Czechoslovakia
film_genres drama
film_form feature
film_duration 92 min
film_director Zbyněk Brynych
film_cast Zdeněk Štěpánek, Ilja Prachař, Ladislav Pešek, Jindřich Narenta, Vlastimil Brodský, Čestmír Řanda
film_director_of_photography Jan Čuřík
film_screenplay Arnošt Lustig, Zbyněk Brynych
film_film_editor Miroslav Hájek
film_production_designer Karel Škvor
film_music_composed_by Jiří Sternwald
film_sound_designer Miloš Alster