Death Is Called Engelchen

Smrt si říká Engelchen
CSK, 1963, 129 min.

Director: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Producer: Josef Ouzký (Film Studio Barrandov)
Screenplay: Ján Kadár, Elmar Klos
Director of Photography: Rudolf Milič
Music: Zdeněk Liška
Cast: Jan Kačer, Eva Poláková, Martin Růžek, Blažena Holišová, Pavel Bártl

In the last days of World War II, a young partisan Pavel (the first major film role of Jan Kačer) is wounded in a shootout with the retreating Germans during the liberation of Zlín. In the hospital, he tries to cope with feelings of guilt for the massacred inhabitants of the Ploština mountain village, where he and his fellows hid. Through (initially hallucinatory) memories, he returns to the events preceding the Ploština massacre, and seeks the greater meaning of his actions. The novel by Ladislav Mňačko and its adaptation, directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos, were some of the first literary/film works to break down the myth of partisans as immaculate heroes. In addition to the demythification of war heroism, the film uses innovative modernist narrative techniques such as associative montage, flashbacks and retrospectives. (Jana Bébarová)

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