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This review is from: Diamonds Of The Night [DVD] (DVD)With a German Jewish grandmother, this genre of film has always been of interest to me. The Jewish side of my family almost all perished during the Holocaust! However, this film was mainly about 2 lads doing heavy breathing in some woods. The historical wardrobe - their coats - was also hardly correct.
The director of this film did not do a very professional job. I actually believe it is a fine example of where a director is given too much license. It is the product of a very spoilt man who listens to all his previous positive criticism & as such believes that he is infalliable.
Do not waste your money as I did on this utter rubbush.
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Initial post: 26 Aug 2011 13:58:56 BDT
A. S. Potts says:
While I have the deepest respect for the reviewers family heritage, his main criticism seems to be predicated on the belief that because this film doesn't reflect his own understanding of that history it is wrong. Not only wrong but rubbish.
Clearly, this film is not intended to be a historical re-enactment but a powerful evocation of fear and survival. Perhaps what he sees as a poor professional job may in fact be the manifestation of a film making methodology of which he has no previous experience and therefore has no benchmark by which to judge or discuss it.
He refers to a genre of film, I'm not entirely sure what he means by that, I assume he means films about the Holocaust!, but possibly war films in general. He uses an exclamation mark which I find somewhat inappropriate. But clearly this film is not to his taste, yet it's impossible to assess what he does like since each of the five items currently reviewed by him are dismissed as rubbish.
It's a shame he didn't read the excellent essay by Michael Brooke, if he had, he could not have made the completely erroneous assessment of the director that he has made. His criticisms can hardly be applied to a debut film maker.
I'm afraid the reviewers heritage credentials, so brazenly invoked at the outset, are no substitute for good critical analysis of the film or coherent appraisal of the DVD package.
In reply to an earlier post on 12 Sep 2011 12:35:53 BDT
Auntie Beryl says:
AS Potts: Couldn't agree more. This is an incredible film.
In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2011 10:44:24 GMT
Michael Brooke says:
Well, if "heritage credentials" count for anything, the opinion of Auschwitz and Buchenwald survivor Arnot Lustig, author of the source novel, must carry some weight - and he said on more than one occasion that 'Diamonds of the Night' was by far the best film with his name on it. And that's despite the fact that Jan Němec's adaptation stripped his original text down to its barest essentials, amongst other things jettisoning virtually all the dialogue.
But this is not "a Holocaust film" - in fact, Němec only offers a few tiny clues that the train is heading to (or from) one of the camps, and I imagine he couldn't give two hoots about whether the historical wardrobe was "correct". Rather, like Jerzy Skolimowski's recent and very similar 'Essential Killing', it's an existential parable about survival when all one has are the clothes on one's back and a few scattered memories.
In reply to an earlier post on 29 Nov 2011 02:58:06 GMT
Ivan H. says:
Yes, A.S. Potts is absolutely right. M. A. Hadlow "33mark" has clearly no understanding of what really happened during the Holocaust, despite his heritage. And as for Němec, the director, he was persecuted by the communist regime in Czechoslovakia and was hardly "given too much license". In that M. A. Hadlow "33mark" shows again his ignorance of history.
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