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THE FILMS OF JAN NĚMEC
NOVEMBER 2013–APRIL 2014
DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (Démanty noci, 1964)
DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT
Démanty noci, 1964, 64m, Czechoslovakia
New 35mm print!
Czech and German with English subtitles
with Antonín Kumbera and Ladislav Jánský
Němec’s conviction that a director must create “a personal style” and “a world independent of reality as it appears at the time” was already evident in his first feature length film. Diamonds follows the escape of two young concentration camp prisoners through the woods of Sudetenland and the ensuing pursuit of them. Moving freely between the present, dreams, and flashbacks, Němec employs an aesthetic of Pure Cinema to depict the state of the distressed human mind.
Excerpts from an in-depth interview about the film between Jan Němec and critic Jiří Cieslar published in the book of essays and interviews CATS ON ATALANTA.
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