Diamonds of the Night, A Report on the Party and Guests
A Report on the Party and Guests
(Jan Němec, 1964)
(Jan Němec, 1966)
Along with Milos Forman and Jiří Menzel, Jan Němec was one of the key figures of the Czechoslovak New Wave in the 1960s. Though heralded as an exciting new generation of filmmakers abroad, their work did not always garner immediate recognition due to state-controlled distribution and government censorship. With a conviction to create “a world independent of reality as it appears at the time,” Němec made only four feature films and a handful of shorts in his native country before he was banned from filmmaking after the Soviet Union quashed the Prague Spring in 1968.
Many classic films are just as powerful today as when they were first released. We add such films from many genres to our schedule throughout the season. Many are shown on the occasion of their rereleases, in fresh, new or restored prints.
Moving freely between the present, flashbacks, and dreams, Němec’s debut feature Diamonds of the Night follows the escape of two young concentration camp prisoners through the woods of Sudetenland. (64 mins., 35mm) The absurdist and allegorical A Report on the Party and Guests follows picnicking bourgeois friends who are assaulted and inexplicably interrogated by a group of thugs. (70 mins., 35mm)
$6 members, students, seniors
$8 general public
SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTIONS FOR FILM/VIDEO
Rohauer Collection Foundation
GENERAL OPERATING SUPPORT FOR THE WEXNER CENTER
Greater Columbus Arts Council
Ohio Arts Council