Diamonds of the Night (1964)

Genres - Drama, War  |   Sub-Genres - War Drama, Escape Film  |   Run Time - 70 min.  |   Countries - Czechia   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

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.

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concentration-camp, war, captive, captor, chase, escape, firing-squad, hallucination, Holocaust, journey, Judaism, robbery, shelter, surrealism, survivor, village, boy, Czechoslovakia, man, New-Wave, news, opal, train [locomotive], training

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High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance