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Caught By Night

Caught By Night

Caught By Night

1985 / 130min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: JURAJ HERZ

CAST: JANA RIHáKOVá, JANA BREJCHOVá , KATEŘINA URBANCOVÁ

Born to Jewish parents in Kežmarok in modern-day Slovakia, Herz spent part of his youth in Ravensbrück labor camp, an experience of horror which may have obliquely informed much of his work, and which is directly reflected in Caught by Night. Coming to what was conceived of as a biography of Communist journalist Jožka Jabůrková, a victim of Ravensbrück, Herz went his own way, creating a nauseously stylized vision of hell on earth that is, with Wanda Jakubowska’s 1948 The Last Stage, one of only two fiction films actually made by a camp survivor about the experience. (Some of Spielberg’s possible borrowings in Schindler’s List had Herz reportedly considering legal action.)

Screening as a part of: Juraj Herz: In & Out Of The Czechoslovak New Wave