Saturday, January 28, 2012

Survival in the sewers

Their faces are smudged a bit, but considering that they're supposed to have lived in the sewers of Lwow for a year, they're admirably well turned out. The still is from a movie featured at the Telluride Film Festival. In Darkness tells the story of a low-life who hunts Jews for money during the German occupation of Eastern Europe. When he finds one, it seems he gets a better offer than the Ukrainian Nazis have offered him, so he becomes a protector of Jews. (Lwow was Polish in 1939, until Father Stalin intervened and handed it over to the Ukrainians.) And then, I gather, he gets caught up in the challenge, and becomes an Oskar Schindler of the sewers. Blue skies! (as it were) -- Dan Ford

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