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New York premiere
Tue, Nov 12, 2013
  • 7PM
RUN TIME: 52min
FORMAT: Digibeta
MEMBERS: $8 (Movie Moguls free)
STUDENTS/SENIORS:  $9 (29 and under with a valid ID, Mon—Thu)
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Tuesday November 12, 2013
Performances no longer available.
Directed by Jan Nemec | 1975

With Heinz Bennent, Zdenka Prochazkova, Edwige Pierre, Achim Strietzel, Tamara Kafka

Living in forced exile since 1974, Nemec had limited opportunity to make films the way he wanted—the few significant works then were productions made for television. German TV station ZDF gave him the chance to finally turn to Franz Kafka, whom he called his “essential author” and to whom he already paid tribute in Diamonds of the Night by placing all the Prague dreamscapes at Kafka’s favorite walks. Taking a typically personal approach, Nemec depicts Samsa’s world through a subjective camera, emphasizing his inner world and his observation of shocked family and his surroundings. In German with English subtitles.

Screens with

Oratorio for Prague (1968)

RUN TIME: 29min

Using funds from abroad, Nemec documented the exciting times of the so-called Prague Spring and the road to “socialism with a human face." With film stock and camera at his disposal, he was ready to document the invasion by Soviet tanks, which crushed the democratization process. The film juxtaposes the hopes of the freewheeling youth during the Spring with the disbelief and despair that followed in the summer a few months later.