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Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Démanty noci (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, War | 14 March 1968 (USA)
Two Jewish boys escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man's struggle to preserve human dignity.


Jan Nemec


Arnost Lustig (story "Darkness has no Shadows"), Jan Nemec
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ladislav Jánsky ... 1st Boy
Antonín Kumbera ... 2nd Boy
Ilse Bischofova ... The Woman (as Irma Bischofova)
Ivan Asic Ivan Asic
Jan Riha Jan Riha
August Bischof August Bischof
Josef Koggel Josef Koggel
Oscar Müller Oscar Müller ... (as 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


WWII. Together, two young men - boys, really - with only the clothes on their backs, are running toward the forest, shedding their coats identifying them as being housed at a concentration camp, while they can hear the gunfire targeted at them. As they try to elude capture which in general means their first priority being to remain hidden from anyone else, they have to deal with the necessities of life, one who tends to focus on his hunger, while the other his physical pain in wearing ill-fitting shoes, which by chance he got by earlier trading the other for food just before their escape. The one focused on his hunger is prone to delusion about what he feels he needs to do to survive regardless of if he goes through with those thoughts, and about life still in his concentration camp identified coat but out and about in general society. Written by Huggo

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First feature film for director Jan Nemec. See more »


Referenced in The Painted Bird (2019) See more »

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Blew me away.
3 October 2002 | by idveganSee all my reviews

This is an incredible film. Before viewing it I was told it wasn't available in the states, and what a shame. It's stark visuals and haunting imagery kept me on the edge of my seat. I wouldn't care if I got a version w/o subtitles because their are maybe 10 spoken lines, and time is played with as the viewer follows flash backs forwards and dream sequences. This is the best war movie I have ever seen. The beginning scene running up the hill is bone chilling.

If at all possible watch this movie.

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Czech | German

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