Diamonds of the Night

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Diamonds of the Night
Diamonds of the Night.jpg
English DVD cover
Directed by Jan Němec
Produced by Jan Procházka
Erich Svabík
Written by Arnošt Lustig
Jan Němec
Starring Ladislav Jánský
Antonín Kumbera
Music by Vlastimil Hála
Jan Rychlík
Cinematography Jaromír Šofr
Edited by Oldřich Bosák
Release date
  • 25 September 1964 (1964-09-25)
Running time
63 minutes
Country Czechoslovakia
Language Czech

Diamonds of the Night (Czech: Démanty noci) is a Czech 1964 film about two boys on the run from a train taking them to a concentration camp. It was director Jan Němec's first full-length feature film.


Diamonds of the Night begins with two young men fleeing from a train taking them to a concentration camp. The film employs little dialog and the boys escape through rugged and unfamiliar terrain is interpolated with dreams, memories, hallucinations, fantasies, and flashbacks. They encounter a woman on a farm and one boy struggles with thoughts of murder and rape before silently taking a loaf of bread from the woman's kitchen and leaving. Eventually, the boys are caught by members of a local shooting party. The men prepare to execute the boys, but simply laugh as they walk away instead of executing them. The ending is ambiguous: The men either actually spared the boys, or they could be walking into the afterlife.


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