Criterion Collection: Diamonds of the Night

Criterion Collection: Diamonds of the Night

Ladislav Jansky
Director: Jan Nemec Cast: Ladislav Jansky
Ladislav Jansky
, Antonin Kumbera
Antonin Kumbera
Jan Nemec

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/16/2019
UPC: 0715515228619
Original Release: 1964
Rating: NR
Source: Criterion
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 1:07:00
Sales rank: 13,777

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Interview from 2009 with Director Jan Nemec; A Loaf of Bread, Nemec's 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnost Lustig; Arnost Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan Nemec, a short documentary from 1993; New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova; New video essay on the film's stylistic influences by scholar James Quandt; New English Subtitle Translation; Plus: An Essay by film critic Michael Atkinson

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