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Diamonds of the night / director Jan Němec.

Němec, Jan, 1936-2016 (film director. ). Jaǹsky, Ladislav, (actor. ). Kumbera, Antonin, (actor. ). Lustig, Arnošt. Démanty noci. English. (Added Author). Lustig, Arnošt. Darkness casts no shadow.  (Added Author). Criterion Collection (Firm), (publisher.). Ladislav Jaǹsky, Antonin Kumbera. (Cast).
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  • 2 of 2 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Series Information

Criterion Collection ; 969.
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Fulton Co PL - Rochester Main Library DVD DRAMA DIA (Text) 33187004527855 Digital Video Disc Available -
 60708: [ D.W. @ FULCO-ROC ]
Plainfield-Guilford Twp PL - Plainfield DVD FOREIGN DIAMO (Text) 31208912001361 new dvd Available -

Record details

  • Physical Description: 1 videodisc (67 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 folded insert.
  • Edition: Special edition.
  • Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2019]

Content descriptions

General Note:
Originally released as a motion picture in 1964.
Special Features: Interview from 2009 with director Jan Němec; A Loaf of Bread, Němec's 1960 student thesis film; Arnost Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan Němec; new interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova; new video essay on the film's stylistic influences; an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson.
Participant or Performer Note:
Ladislav Jaǹsky, Antonin Kumbera.
Summary, etc.:
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 Arno₍t Lustig, 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.
Target Audience Note:
Rating: Not rated.
System Details Note:
DVD; NTSC region 1; full screen (1.37:1); mono.
Terms Governing Use and Reproduction Note:
Home use only.
Copy protected.
Language Note:
Czech dialogue; English subtitles.
Subject: World War, 1939-1945 > Jews > Drama.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) > Czech Republic > Drama.
World War, 1939-1945 > Drama.
Concentration camp escapes > Drama.
Foreign language films > Czech.
Motion pictures > Czechoslovakia.
Foreign films > Czechoslovakia.
Film adaptations.

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