Prayer for Katarina Horovitzova (1969) - Antonin Moskalyk
The cover of this video makes it look like something out of the 80s, but oh quite a different story on the inside. Eastern Europe (and all of Europe for that matter) favorite topic, that of World War II is the backdrop once again. The film is based on an incident involving several vacationing Jewish Americans who were captured by Nazis in Italy. They bargain to get the Jews to trade their lives for captured Nazi prisoners, but along the way the deal becomes more and more lopsided. The film is compelling in itself, and uses the double edged sword of smooth talking "friendly" nazis who are the most corrupt imaginable. The creepiest moment of the film comes when the half crazed former rabbi shows the title character his shop where all the prisoner's hair is. A worthwhile and largely unseen film made at the tail end of the movement.