Courtesy of the Czech National Film Archive

Conscience (Svedomi)

Part of Crime Scene: Europe
Sunday, November 20, 2011, 2:00 p.m.

Czechoslovakia. Dir. Jiří Krejčík. 1949, 101 mins. With Milos Nedbal, Marie Vásová. This neglected psychological drama is a classic noir, about an insurance company clerk who seems to be a good husband and employee until the day he gets into a car crash and kills a young boy. He flees the scene to conceal an affair that he’s having; this study of moral failure and guilt was rare in the postwar period of Czech cinema, otherwise an era of upbeat Communist comedies.

Free with Museum admission.

Presented in collaboration with the Czech Center, New York