Cinema: Descent into Hell

The Ninth Circle (Jadran; Interprogress Trading) proves that Yugoslavia, notable among moviemakers chiefly as the place where Italian directors went to shoot horse pictures when their budgets ran low, has more to offer than well-disciplined extras. The film is a love story, set in Zagreb during the purge of the Jews in the early years of World War II. A Jewish family is arrested, except for a 17-year-old girl, Ruth (Dusica Zegarac). Loyal Christian friends hide her and, to give her legal status, arrange a marriage with their 19-year-old son Ivo (Boris Dvornik). It is not hard to guess what happens...

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