25 May 2007 | florinbudescu
I saw this brilliant film in 1999, on the RomaniA film made in 1994, in the Eastern Europe's directors tradition.
Formally, a love story in a vaguely World War 1, between two lovers cached on different barricades, this film would be an old cream pie.
Instead of it, Miloslav Luther (wich in my opinion with this movie it's in the great film directors' gallery) tells one of the fundamental themes in art of all times: the individual crashed by the history.
The tension grows progressively, gently manipulating the audience, with a great musical featuring , on an Antonin Dvorak's chamber work.
"Anjel Milosrdenstvi" is the first film made in Czecho-Slovakian co-production, after the separating of this two countries.
I give 9 for this film, not 10, because you can yet detect a subtle smell of syrup to manipulate you: "How sad! Let's cry, boys & girls!" etc, similarly with what's in Jerzy Hofmann's bright film, "Znachor".