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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 Nemec 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, hostile terrain where the brute realities of survival coexist with dreams, memories, and fragments of visual poetry. Along with visceral camera work by Jaroslav Kucera and Miroslav Ondricek—two of Czechoslovak cinema’s most influential cinematographers—Nemec makes inventive use of fractured editing, elliptical storytelling, and flights of surrealism as he strips context away from this bare-bones tale, evoking the panicked delirium of consciousness lost in night and fog.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: April 16th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1964
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:67 Minutes
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):1.37:1
    Audio Formats:Czech/German LPCM Mono
    Special Features:Interview from 2009 with director Jan N?mec
    A Loaf of Bread, N?mec’s 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnošt Lustig
    Arnošt Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan N?mec, a short documentary on Lustig from 1993
    New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova
    New video essay on the film’s stylistic influences by scholar James Quandt
    PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson