...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach) (1968)

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When the Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia, the first thing to happen was the disaffection of all the Jews in professional positions. No longer able to practice medicine, a Jewish physician begins working in a warehouse, biding his time until the war is over. A fellow tenant appeals to the physician to help a political fugitive who has been shot. Forced into a moral conflict, the physician takes the unselfish road and treats the injured man. Unfortunately, not everyone appreciates the sacrifice he has made and the movie depicts the Catch-22 of doing what you have to do and still suffering for it.

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Critic Reviews for ...And the Fifth Horseman is Fear (...a paty jezdec je Strach)

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Director Brynych's stark, symbolic explorations of human despair lift The Fifth Horseman to a high level of creative cinema.

Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…

The Fifth Horseman is Fear is such a nearly perfect film that it comes as a shock, in the last ten minutes, to discover how deeply involved you have become.

Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

So beautifully and thoughtfully made - well written and acted, shot with perfect economy and care-that one is almost surprised at the end to be very much moved by the substance of it.

Jan 9, 2018 | Full Review…

Dense atmosphere and rich characters more than make up for a hook or a twist

Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Disturbing and very different. Seek this one out.

Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Offers a harrowing depiction of life in Nazi occupied Prague.

Jun 30, 2008 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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