Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) (1964)

Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci)





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Diamonds of the Night is set in Czechoslovakia during World War II. Ladislav Jansky and Antonin Kumbera play two Jewish youths who escape from a concentration camp-bound train. Captured by local peasants on a charge of stealing bread, the boys are sentenced to a firing squad. It turns out that the villagers have no real stomach for killing, and the boys merely go through the motions of a mock execution. They are let go, and continue their journey to freedom. Diamonds of the Night was originally … More

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Genre: Drama
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Hard to find on video, one of the great Jewish holocaust films. The ending is debatable and to me provoked questions about what had really happened to the boys. Perhaps they escaped, perhaps they were executed and the whole film is in one of the dying boy's mind...All in all, tremendously haunting film.

Jim Bernath

The premise is simple: two boys ecape from the train going to a Nazi prison camp and have to deal with hunger and some old men hunting them down. The cinematography is beautiful and the editing amazing, reminescent of Funeral Parade of Roses and Marienbad. I found it vague as why the old men were hunting them.

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