Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) (1964)





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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 released as Demanty Noci. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Critic Reviews for Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci)

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Nemec's debut stunner feels even more potent now that it's been freed of the expectations and delineations of a national movement.

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Audience Reviews for Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci)

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
Jim Bernath

[center][font=Times New Roman][size=4][img][/img][/size][/font][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]Summary (from IMDB): Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a group of old, armed home-guardists. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man's struggle to preserve human dignity.[/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [center][img][/img][/center] [font=Times New Roman][size=4][/size][/font] [font=Times New Roman][size=4]I had quite the good luck this weekend with my movie watching. Diamonds of the Night is probably my favorite Holocaust movie, but it's barely about the Holocaust. Really, the film could have worked with numerous different settings. Nemec does a fantastic job keeping the dialogue to a minimum and clueing viewers in on what they're watching using the two boys' thoughts, memories, dreams, and hallucinations. I felt exhausted, sad, tense, and confused right along with them. Also worth noting is the fantastic cinematography. It begins very Dardenne-esque with a lot of close-up, hand-held stuff, but eventually branches out and includes some beautiful imagery. Glad I saw this; now it just needs a DVD release.[/size][/font]

Chris Weseloh
Chris Weseloh

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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