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Diamonds of the Night

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Genres: Drama, War
Starring: Ladislav Jánsky, Antonín Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova
Director: Jan Nemec
Plot Synopsis:

With this simultaneously harrowing and lyrical debut feature, Jan N?mec established himself as the most uncompromising visionary among the radical filmmakers who made up the Czechoslovak New Wave. Adapted from a novel by Arnošt Lustig, Diamonds of the Night closely tracks two boys who escape from a concentration-camp transport and flee into the surrounding woods, a hostile terrain where the brute realities of survival coexist with dreams, memories, and fragments of visual poetry. Along with visceral camera work by Jaroslav Ku?era and Miroslav Ond?í?ek—two of Czechoslovak cinema’s most influential cinematographers—N?mec makes inventive use of fractured editing, elliptical storytelling, and flights of surrealism as he strips context away from this bare-bones tale, evoking the dizzying plight of consciousness lost in night and fog.

  • Technical Specs
    Length:67 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:Czech/German LPCM Mono
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:Interview from 2009 with director Jan N?mecA Loaf of Bread, N?mec’s 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnošt LustigArnošt Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan N?mec, a short documentary on Lustig from 1993New interview with film programmer Irena KovarovaNew video essay on the film’s stylistic influences by scholar James QuandtPLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

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