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Jan Nemec

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Czech filmmaker Jan Nemec, one of the key figures in his country's new wave movement, was best known for his daring, intense journeys into the psychological processes of his characters that also served to give provocative insight into political oppression and family life. He was also fascinated with the elusive nature of memory. Nèmec made an auspicious professional debut by winning a prize at a student film festival in Amsterdam with his short film A Loaf of Bread (1969), a film he made around the time he was studying at the Prague film school. While serving in the military in 1963, Nèmec made the short documentary The Memory of Our Day. The following year he made his feature-film debut with Diamonds of the Night, a fascinating exploration of the experiences of two Jewish escapees from a train bound for a concentration camp. They end up in a small town where they are caught stealing bread and are sentenced to be executed. Fortunately, the villagers discover that none of them have the stomach for such violence. In the West, one of Nèmec's best known films was Report on the Party and the Guests (1966) a controversial, unflinching satire of communist ideals versus brutal reality. Nèmec continued to be a successful filmmaker through the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, an event he chronicled that year in his film Oratorio for Prague. He did not make another film until 1974 after he had been allowed to emigrate to France. Nèmec also worked as an actor, screenwriter and a cinematographer. He continued to be a presence in the Czech film scene until his death, in 2016, at age 79.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Toyen
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Die Verwandlung
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2013
No Score Yet Ferarri Dino Girl
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2009
No Score Yet Late Night Talks With Mother
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Code Name Ruby
  • Director
1997
95% The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Oratorio for Prague
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet '68
  • Dezso Horvath
1987
No Score Yet Report on the Party and the Guests
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1968
No Score Yet Mucedníci Lásky (Martyrs of Love)
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Pearls of the Deep
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1966
No Score Yet Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci)
  • Director
1964

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