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Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Démanty noci (original title)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Jan Nemec

Writers:

Arnost Lustig (story "Darkness has no Shadows"), Jan Nemec
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ladislav Jánsky Ladislav Jánsky ... 1st Boy
Antonín Kumbera Antonín Kumbera ... 2nd Boy
Ilse Bischofova Ilse Bischofova ... The Woman (as Irma Bischofova)
Ivan Asic Ivan Asic
Jan Riha Jan Riha
August Bischof August Bischof
Josef Koggel Josef Koggel
Oskar Müller Oskar Müller
Anton Schich Anton Schich
Rudolf Stolle Rudolf Stolle
Josef Koblizek Josef Koblizek
Josef Kubat Josef Kubat
Rudolf Lukásek Rudolf Lukásek
Bohumil Moudry Bohumil Moudry
Karel Navratil Karel Navratil
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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. Written by Anonymous

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Drama | War

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

German | Czech

Release Date:

14 March 1968 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Yes, the woods ARE dark and deep, but...
19 November 2001 | by boyzoneeSee all my reviews

"The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep."

Some of you may know these Robert Frost lines from the Charles Bronson vehicle "Telefon" where a renegade Soviet intelligence officer (Donald Pleasence) used them for re-activating KGB sleepers in the USA.

In this Czekoslovakian movie the woods are dark and deep indeed, but there's definitely no time to sleep for the two young guys here, on the run from a Nazi concentration camp. The two escapees are being hounded by a band of old (and armed) German villagers, intent on killing them at any cost.

Jan Nemec's film isn't exactly easy to come by, so maybe that's why no one else has a comment on it. I myself haven't had an opportunity to watch it for more than 30 years. It seemed longer then, but actually runs only 63 minutes.

Based on a true story by Arnost Lustig who spent 3 years in Nazi camps and escaped on the way to Dachau. Remarkable b/w cinematography by Jaroslav Kucera and Miroslav Ondrícek that will linger on for a long time. Shouldn't be missed for that reason alone.


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