Hear the church bells ringing,
glass shattered, clinging always clinging,
casting kaleidoscopic visions,
through these memories, collisions,
running in the dead of night,
sounds of nothing, constant ringing,
hear the choir singing, singing always singing.
Jan Němec’s Démanty noci (Diamonds of The Night) from 1964, is a film telling the story of two Jewish boys' escape, through a scattered narrative and poetic editing.
Démanty noci manoeuvres multiple planes of reality. Memories of time past emanate from the minds of the protagonists. Their thoughts made visible. Past, present, dreams and delusion merge as the boys lose sanity.
Their escape seems unending, a perpetual search for provisions and protection. Their escape seems futile, as their stalkers always seem to be just a…