Diamonds of the Night / DEMANTY NOCI
Dir: Jan Nemec / Czechoslovakia / 1964 / B&W / 63 mins / CzechDiamonds in the night is the story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Told almost without dialogue, its skilful cinematography, inspired editing and brilliantly utilised soundtrack, makes it a landmark of the Czech New Wave. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man’s struggle to preserve human dignity.A thrilling and startlingly original works of cinema, this is the debut feature from Jan Němec.
Direction Jan Nemec
Production Milos Bergl
Screenplay Arnost Lustig, Jan Nemec
Cinematography Jaroslav Kucera
Editing Miroslav Hajek Sound Frantisek Cerny
Cast Ladislav Jansky, Antonin Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova, Jan Riha, Ivan Asic