Romeo, Juliet and Darkness Boxshot
Romeo, Juliet and Darkness
Czechoslovakia 1960
Length / Main Feature: 92 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Black & White 1.33:1 full frame
Language: Czech
buySubtitles: English On/Off
PAL R0  RRP: £12.99
Release Date: 19 Feb 2007
A young man shelters a fugitive Jewish girl in the attic of his apartment building during the brutal 1942 Nazi occupation of Prague, becoming her only link to the outside world. Fear, anxiety and suspicion soon turn into gratitude and love between them. A poetic and beautifully-filmed drama which examines the consequences of their actions.

Jiří Weiss was a leading figure in post-war Czechoslovak cinema. Fleeing his homeland during the 1968 Soviet invasion, he settled in the USA and died there in 2004. This is the first ever DVD release of the film anywhere in the world.

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Romeo, Juliet and Darkness Stills
Special Features
- Digitally re-mastered with restored image and sound.

- New and improved English subtitle translation.

- Image gallery.

This 1960 film has been digitally re-mastered and newly subtitled from the best existing source available to us. However, due to the age and condition of the source master, there remain visual 'noise' imperfections which could not be removed without affecting the integrity of the entire film.

Main Cast and Crew
Ivan Mistrík - Pavel
Daniela Smutná - Hanka
Jiřina Šejbalová - Pavel's Mother
František Smolík - Grandfather
Blanka Bohdanová - Kubiasova
Eva Mrazova - Alena
Miroslav Svoboda - Wurm
Karla Svobodova - Marticka Wurmova

Directed by Jiří Weiss

Screenplay - Jan Otcenášek and Jiří Weiss
Cinematography - Václav Hanuš
Editing - Miloslav Hájek
Original Music - Jirí Srnka
Sound - Emil Polednik
Production Design - Karel Skvor

"In this restrained and tragic love story, Weiss admirably captures the daily stress and consequences of living in fear" - The Guardian

1960 San Sebastian International Film Festival / Winner Golden Seashell
1960 Taormina International Film Festival / Winner Grand Prix

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