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Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci) Reviews

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½ August 8, 2016
Following on the heels of the French New Wave was this Czech film directed by Jan Nemec, which featured realistic staging and gritty camerawork.
½ October 19, 2011
one of the bleakest black and whites , spare the mother and the whore
Super Reviewer
August 11, 2011
Holocaust features abound still nowadays. So what would it make Démanty Noci to shine above most of them? Its sheer honesty. Jan Nemec explores a side of war catastrophe that no other movie has shown: the inner thoughts of youth amidst harrowing circumstances. Modern society labels this as surrealism. It is not: it is a journey through disturbed minds.

We say that thoughts and fantasies may distract us from reality. However, in such harsh and awful circumstances, it is the thoughts and fantasies that took this youngsters to either an idealized existence or to their past, better lives. Hence, reality is the distractor from a better life. I really hope none of us ever understands this.

August 11, 2010
Guter und atmosphärischer Film doch der letzte Funke wollte bei mir nicht überspringen. Die Anfangssequenz war großartig und auch in der Mitte gab es einen Moment der Gänsehaut pur war, doch hatte der Film trotz seiner kurzen Spielzeit von 64 Minuten auch die ein oder andere Länge. Dennoch sehenswert.
½ June 7, 2010
stunning black and white masterpice about two boys escaping from nazi death camps and being hunted down as they try and make their escape. told in non-linear order, with little dialogue, this is a truly beautiful film.
November 3, 2009
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.
September 25, 2009
WEB. Conmovedora y retadora en su simpleza, cual abstracta historia de fantasmas, pero tengo que verla de nuevo. / Moving and challenging in its simplicity, like an abstract ghost story, but I have to see this again.
February 21, 2009
Diamonds of the Night is one of the most harrowing and brilliant films ever made about WWII and the Holocaust. (Certainly, it is the best film of the Czech New Wave) At only 60 or minutes, it is an intense yet economical nightmare, not a single shot is wasted. There isn't much story here: Two Jewish youths escape a train taking them to a concentration camp only to be caught by a mob of old possibly senile men. Stylistically, though, the film plays like an impossible union of Robert Bresson, Luis Bunuel, and Franz Kafka. The effect is truly horrifying. Like the other brilliant war film Come and See, this is one of those rare films that make you feel that you've peered into the hell of history and that you'll never be able to escape from its images.
½ December 5, 2008
Practically a silent film, it follows two boys who escape from a train going to a Nazi camp and have to deal with hunger as they venture through war torn landscapes. The editing and cinemintography are down right amazing and the directo does some really fascinating things in his exploration into these boys psychological state and their inner most thoughts.
April 23, 2008
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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