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The Silent Village

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Description The true story of the massacre of Lidice, a small Czech village, by the Nazis is retold as if it happened in Wales. The film brings home the horrors of the German massacred by relocating it to a tradtional mining village in the British isles. The village is portrayed as a wholesome, hardworking community through scenes of ordinary, daily life at the local church, school, train station, grocer, field, and mine. The calm is shattered as Nazi soldiers arrive to decimate the village.
Creator Humphrey Jennings: producer and director
Great Britain. Ministry of Information
Great Britain. Crown Film Unit
Contributor H. E. Fowle: photography; Stewart McAllister: film editor; Jock May: sound; Diana Pine: asst. director
Date Issued 1943
Original Format 16mm print
Duration 33:00
Color/Black & White B&W
Sound/Silent Sound
Nation of Origin U.K.
Geographic Coverage Lidice, Czechoslovakia
Cwmgiedd, Wales