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22 Ratings

The Silent Village

Directed by Humphrey Jennings
Czechoslovakia, United Kingdom, 1943
Short, Documentary


The true story of the massacre of a small Czech village by the Nazis is retold as if it happened in Wales.

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The Silent Village Directed by Humphrey Jennings

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  • Kenji's rating of the film The Silent Village

    Impressive little film in which the South Wales mining village of Cwmgiedd plays itself under Nazi occupation, as if it were the Czechoslovakian mining village of Lidice wiped out for its resistance. Ironically the Nazis suppress the Welsh language, as the English had done (and not long before), but the main messages are of determined solidarity with fellow miners and combatants against Hitler's abominable lot.

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