Diamonds of the Night

views updated

Diamonds of the Night ★★★★ Demanty Noci 1964

A breakthrough masterpiece of the Czech new wave, about two young men escaping from a transport train to Auschwitz and scrambling for survival in the countryside. Surreal, powerfully expressionistic film, one of the most important of its time. In Czech with English subtitles. Accompanied by Nemec's short “A Loaf of Bread.” 71m/B VHS . CZ Ladislav Jansky, Antonin Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova; D: Jan Nemec; W: Arnost Lustig, Jan Nemec.