Holy Night | Chicago Reader

Holy Night

Karel Kachyna's 1967 Czech film, suppressed for two decades, balances the Soviet collectivization of agriculture against the Catholic faith. A nun whose father tried to resist forced collectivization eventually leads a religious procession through the snow to a Christmas midnight mass. Kachyna contrasts a dull communist official with lyrically presented details of peasant life. The more complex multiple perspectives of the religious scenes include individuals? point-of-view shots that could also belong to the whole group; the haunting emotionalism of the night procession implies that the individual identity offered by Catholicism is more liberating than the collective identity of communism.

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