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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)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

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

November 5, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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One loses interest. It looks unreal.

May 21, 2005 | Full Review…

Diamonds of the Night remains a crowing jewel in an important film movement that aches to be experienced.

January 6, 2020 | Full Review…

A film of such raw power that it still feels genuinely radical, a hallucinatory, aesthetically visionary work.

May 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

largely eschews a traditional cinematic approach to the subject and instead dramatizes the action through a fractured subjectivity that renders the entire experience dreamlike and fleeting

May 6, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

This manages to combine the striking realism of a documentary with the surrealistic touches of an experimental piece.

April 24, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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