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Director: Jan Hrebejk     Starring: Bolek Polivka
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40161234
UPC: 043396071698
UPC 14: 00043396071698
Category Keywords: 1940s  Jewish  Nazis  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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In a war-torn village, one couple makes the ultimate sacrifice to save another.
Based on a true story and takes place during world war II in a small german-occupied czechoslovakian village, where josef and marie cizek are a childless couple who struggle to evade detection when they provide shelter to a jewish neighbor who has escaped from a nazi concentration camp.

"Two thumbs up!  Ebert & Roeper And The Movies
"A cinematic delicacy for the heart and mind!  Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"Poignant, humanistic and irresistibly comic... acted with uniform grace.  Kenmeth Turan, Los Angeles Times

Editor's Note
Jan Hrebejk's DIVIDED WE FALL, the Czech nominee for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2001 Academy Awards, tells the moving tale of a Czech couple attempting desperately to preserve their humanity while the Nazis take over their country and wage war on the rest of Europe. Bolek Polivka stars as Josef, a humble man helping the Jews pack up and leave before the Nazi invasion. He and his wife, Marie (the marvelous Anna Siskova), are in danger of drifting apart because they are unable to have children. Once the war begins and the Jews are shepherded out of their town and to Theresienstadt, Marie and Josef must obey the Gestapo's rules or else end up being arrested. They are visited almost daily by Horst (Jaroslav Ducek), who is quite taken with Marie while trying to lure Josef into collaborating the Nazis; to show his support for the new regime, Horst has even trimmed his mustache and combed his hair so that he closely resembles Hitler. When an escaped Jew (whose father Josef and Horst used to work for) shows up needing help, Josef and Marie are unable to say no, even though they understand that they will be killed if they are caught harboring a fugitive.

Hrebejk's film, featuring powerful music and stunning camerawork--including emotional scenes shot in virtual slow motion with frames cut out and a grainy texture--is an important document of a horrific time in which people were forced to make basic human decisions about themselves and their neighbors that could lead to the death and devastation of entire communities.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), Dolby Surround Sound, English, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 6/3/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2001
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 07169
Video UPC UPC: 00043396071698
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: Czech
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: Czech, English [CC]
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Anna Siskova
Video Cast Info Bolek Polivka
Video Cast Info Csongor Kassai
Video Cast Info Jaroslav Dusek
Video Cast Info Jiri Pecha
Video Cast Info Martin Huba
Video Cast Info Jan Hrebejk - Director
Video Cast Info Jan Malir - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ales Bezina - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Ondrej Trojan - Producer
Video Cast Info Pavel Borovan - Producer
Video Cast Info Jan Hrebejk - Writer


Oscar (2001)
   Video Award Name , Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...This well-timed revelation restores one's faith in World War II as a still-fertile screen subject..." -- 4 out of 4 stars 06/08/2001 p.8E

Los Angeles Times
"...Wonderfully, inescapably Czech....Poignant, humanistic an irresistibly comic, DIVIDED WE FALL has that characteristic national ability to distill laughter from painful situations..." 06/08/2001 p.6

Sight and Sound
"...The nuanced presentation of the film's characters, and the weaving of their personal stories into the backdrop of momentous historical events, demand a balancing act of great audacity and skill....Bold and admirable..." 06/01/2002 p.41

Total Film
"...Slaloming from the light-hearted to the foreboding with barely a lurch, Jan Hrebejk's impressive movie fully deserved its 2001 Best Foreign Film Oscar nom..." 06/01/2002 p.112

USA Today
"...Filmed for Czech TV in a jittery style that suits its near-neurotic characters..." 11/30/2001 p.8E

The New York Times 8 of 10
...[the movie] is pervaded with humor that serves not to sentimentalize or sugarcoat the monstrosity of Naziism, but to explain it. The filmmakers explore not only the banality of evil, but also the banality of goodness, and the ridiculousness, as well as the tragedy, of their collision. - A.O. Scott

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Polivka,Bolek
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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