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Most Moving War Film
On April 6 th News Chronicle published the fill story
of the making of "the Silent Village," in honour of the miners
of Lidice, by the people of the Welsh
mining village of Cwmgiedd and the Crown Film Unit. Yesterday I saw
the film, It is more moving than any other war film I have seen.
These Welsh people are magnificent. Humphrey
Jennings, director and producer, told me that they became convinced they
wewr actuality living in the Czech village. Looking at the film it is easy
to belive this. Sculprtured by the camera they becimme an element of universal
Many pictures have tried to covey the horrors of
Nazi occupation. They have always missed. This makes no attempt to describe
the indescribable - only three Nazi soldiers are seen. But by sheer imaginative
power of artistry, by using raw and sensitive human material, it conveys
the impactable presence of the invader more than any literalembodiment.
The execution scene is shattering in its effect; the miners die singing
in a mass choir as only Welshmen can sing. A tremendous virtue is to have
left this as a Welsh village, not to have tried any Czech local colour.
This, the avoidance of histrionics, the dramatic shots of the village in
which the stones seem to act, andthe sad beauty of the Welsh landscape
constitute true cinema. Richard Winnington
L I D I C E S H A L L
L I V E
Today is the annyversary of the murder of the Czech mining village.
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