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Distant Journey (1950)

Daleká cesta (original title)
The terrible effect of the Nazis upon a single Jewish family provides the basis for this drama. The family cannot handle the strain and gradually breaks up. Interspliced within the film are... See full summary »


Alfréd Radok


Erik Kolár (story and screenplay), Mojmir Drvota (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Blanka Waleská ... MUDr. Hana Kaufmanová
Otomar Krejca ... MUDr. Antonin Bures
Viktor Ocásek Viktor Ocásek ... Ing. Oskar Kaufmann - Hana's father
Zdenka Baldová ... Hedvika Kaufmannová- Hana's mother
Eduard Kohout ... Professor Reiter
J.O. Martin J.O. Martin ... Karel Bures - Antonín's father
Josef Chvalina ... Pepa Bures - Antonín' brother
Anna Vanková Anna Vanková ... Margit - jewish wardress
Jirí Plachý Jirí Plachý ... Abrahamovic
Sasa Rasilov Sasa Rasilov ... Moseles
Jirí Spirit Jirí Spirit ... Honzík Kaufmann - Hana's brother
Rudolf Deyl ... Jarda Noha - worker
Zdenek Hodr ... Zdenek Klein - Hana's neighbour
Karel Jelínek Karel Jelínek ... Docent Brych
Jaroslav Seník Jaroslav Seník ... Beer - Head physician


The terrible effect of the Nazis upon a single Jewish family provides the basis for this drama. The family cannot handle the strain and gradually breaks up. Interspliced within the film are newsreel clips of angry crowds, and scenes of horror. Written by Ulf Kjell Gür

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A SHOCKING FILM of the most terrible tragedy of the century!


Drama | Thriller | War






Czech | German

Release Date:

1 January 1950 (Czechoslovakia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitler's Inferno See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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18 March 2010 | by vlandaSee all my reviews

What is truly unique about this film? Radok directed it in 1950, right after the WW2. But the directing techniques are incredible for that time. Instead of a simple parody of Hilter as in Chaplin's Dictator, Radok let the words of propaganda speak for themselves. A dull, boring voice of reporter is talking pure propaganda and its much more powerful than the Chaplin's way. There also the techniques of so called brief flashes. We see the propaganda documentary(L.Riefenstahl) and there are brief flashes that ridicule the lies of propaganda.(it reminds me Fight club and the brief flashes of penis). To sum it up, Radok is using directing techniques that started to appear in the 60s. He was way ahead. And also his family died in c.camp so it must have been really painful for him to shoot there. He was a real genius and it's pity that the many film critics don't know anything about Radok and his work.

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