Démanty Noci (Diamonds of the Night) is the debut feature film by the director Jan Němec, a member of the New Wave of Czech cinema. DIAMONDS OF THE NIGHT (Demanty noci)Short stories by Arnošt Lustig, Source for information on Diamonds of the Night (Demanty Noci): Reference. Diamonds of the Night was originally released as Demanty Noci. Click the link below to see what others say about Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci)!.

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Ladislav Jansky and Antonin Kumbera play two Jewish youths who escape from a concentration camp-bound train. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. A poetic film about a dove getting lost on its way to Prague getting shot down by a paralyzed boy. Archive content sales and licensing. Ladislav Jansky as 1st Boy.

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You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. The ending is ambiguous: Feature debut screenwriter and director Ivan Ncoi is currently The White Dove Discussion of death is a normal pattern of conversation among the old, but what method they succumb to always keeps the reader on edge in Lustig’s stories.

Not just specifically about the Second World War, Nemec’s film still has resonance today as a broader allegory for the politics of power and the often belligerent attitude of the old towards the young. After a long time search for Jan Nemec movies I finally found, downloaded and watched his film Demanty noci and …. Modern Language Association http: Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.


But the story does not make this movie a gem. Become a BFI Patron. He saves a Hitler Youth’s life when he falls. They are let go, and continue their journey to freedom. Eventually, the boys are caught by a shooting party of elderly German-speaking men, who detain the boys in a beer hall while they drink, eat, sing, and dance, before turning the boys over to the town’s mayor.

The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man’s struggle to preserve human dignity.

When the boys encounter deamnty farmer’s wife, the younger boy follows her into her kitchen to ask for food, and as he struggles with thoughts of murder and rape, the film repeatedly shows both possibilities.

Two young prisoners in a concentration camp escape from a transport hungry, poorly dressed and exhausted, they wander in the woods for three days, only to be caught again by the armed German citizens.

Démanty Noci (Diamonds of the Night), a poignant, sensitive poem on the darkness of the Holocaust

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In one sequence, the younger boy recalls exchanging his shoes with the older boy for a piece of food; in another, he seems to imagine returning to the apartment in Prague where he used to live; and in a third, he rides a Prague tram with shot-out windows while wearing once again the coat that identifies him as a concentration camp escapee. With a minimum of dialog, the film conveys the boys’ physical and psychological deterioration with a maximum of cinematic bravura. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy and the Terms and Policiesand to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango.


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This surrealist masterpiece directed by Jan Nemec has had limited exhibition in the US. Set in World War II, a demented cremator believes cremation relieves earthly suffering and sets out to save the world. Valley of the Bees Education events at BFI Southbank. His intuition parallel’s that of Lustig, who relied on his own perception of human behavior to determine the goodness or evil of a person in order to survive.

Based on novel by Arnost Lustig. Selling to the BFI. On Disc at Amazon. Martyrs of Love I was stunned … this is the masterpiece of world cinematography! Skip to main content.