Diamonds of the Night Boxshot
Diamonds of the Night
Czechoslovakia, 1964
Length / Diamonds of the Night: 64 minutes
Length / Special feature: 20 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Black & White
Original aspect ratio: 1.33:1 full frame
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English On/Off
PAL DVD5 Region 0
RRP: £12.99
buyRelease Date: 10th May 2010
Second Run DVD 045
The debut feature from Jan Němec (director of The Party and the Guests, recently voted by New York Critics as one of the best films of the 60's), Diamonds of the Night is one of the most thrilling and startlingly original works of cinema. Told almost without dialogue, it chronicles the tense and desperate journey of two teenage boys who are trying to stay alive after escaping from a German train bound for a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

With its virtuoso cinematography, inspired editing and brilliantly utilised soundtrack, the film is a landmark of the ill-fated Czech New Wave. Its themes of man's perpetual struggle to preserve human dignity in the face of unimaginable horrors are just as relevant today.

more about the film

Diamonds of the Night Stills
Special Features
• Presented in a new digital transfer with restored picture and sound.
• Newly filmed appreciation by author and film programmer Peter Hames.
• Booklet featuring essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Photo gallery.
• Available for the first time on DVD in the English speaking world.

Ladislav Janský - First young man
Antonín Kumbera - Second young man
Ilse Bischofová - Woman
Jan Říha
Ivan Asič

Directed by Jan Němec

Screenplay – Arnošt Lustig, Jan Němec
Based on the novella 'Darkness Casts No Shadow' (Tma nemá stín) by Arnošt Lustig
Cinematography – Jaroslav Kučera
Second Camera - Miroslav Ondřiček
Editor - Miroslav Hájek
Sound - František Černý
Set Design - Oldřich Bosák
Costume Design - Ester Krumbachová
Producer - Miloš Bergl

"Němec sought to make pictures that captured emotional and mental states in a way that strived to be intrinsically filmic rather than just theatre on film" Central Europe Review

"A thrillingly original piece of cinema"

"A remarkable directorial debut... Němec's film is bleak, alternately realistic and hallucinatory" Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader

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Jan Nemec's acclaimed film The Party and the Guests, voted by New York critics as one of the best films of the 1960s, is also available on Second Run DVD.

The Party and the Guests

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