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Film Series : Sinister, Singular, and Subversive: The Cinema of Juraj Herz

Caught by Night

aka The Night Overtake Me / Zastihla mě noc

1985, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia, 130 min.
With Jana Riháková, Jana Brejchová

Show Times

  • Sat, Jan 25th 4:45pm
  • Thu, Jan 30th 6:00pm

Born to Jewish parents in Kežmarok in modern-day Slovakia, Herz spent part of his youth in Ravensbrück labor camp, an experience of horror which may have obliquely informed much of his work, and which is directly reflected in CAUGHT BY NIGHT. Coming to what was conceived as a biography of Communist journalist Jožka Jabůrková, a victim of Ravensbrück, Herz went his own way, creating a nauseously stylized vision of hell on earth that is, with Wanda Jakubowska’s THE LAST STAGE (1948), one of only two fiction films made by a camp survivor about the experience. (Some of Spielberg’s possible borrowings in SCHINDLER’S LIST had Herz reportedly considering legal action.) In Czech with English subtitles. Imported 35mm archival print. (Description courtesy of Metrograph/Nick Pinkerton)

JURAJ HERZ DOUBLE-BILL DISCOUNT!
Buy a ticket at our regular prices for the first Herz film on any Saturday in January, and get a ticket for the second Herz film that day at the discounted rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount rate applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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