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Name: CRITERION COLLECTION
Number: CRRN3014BR

DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (CRITERION COLLECTION / 1964) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Ladislav Jansky, Antonin Kumbera
Directed By:  Jan Nemec

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 Ondrícek—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.

SPECIAL FEATURES
New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
Interview from 2009 with director Jan Nemec
A Loaf of Bread, Nemec’s 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnošt Lustig
Arnošt Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan Nemec, a short documentary from 1993
New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova
New video essay on the film’s stylistic influences by scholar James Quandt
New English subtitle translation
PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson
New cover by Sterling Hundley

RUN TIME: 67 minutes
COLOR: Black & White
ASPECT RATIO: 1.37:1
lANGUAGE: Czech, German

  
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