"Romeo, Juliet and Darkness"
(Sweet Light in a Dark Room)
Directed by Jiri Weiss
Romeo, Juliet and
Darkness is a radical departure for Czech filmmaking in its
unconventional treatment of the Anne Frank theme in a Czech setting. Pavel,
a student, hides Hana, a young Jewish girl, in the attic of his apartment
building. He is her only link to the outside world, and their growing
trust develops into love, until the two are discovered by Pavel's mother.
Weiss' double tragedy of young love and the moral question of
responsibility to the Jews during the Nazi occupation is treated with
poetic restraint. This film is a powerful condemnation of indifference
toward force and terrorism. Also known as Sweet Light in a Dark Room.
Czech with English subtitles. 96 minutes.