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This edition: Diamonds of the Night (1964)

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Episode Details

First aired: April 20, 2019.

(1964, Country: Czechoslovakia, Language: German|Czech, Genres: Drama|War, B&W)
Director: Jan Nemec
Writers: Arnost Lustig (story "Darkness has no Shadows"), Jan Nemec
Stars: Ladislav Jansky, Antonin Kumbera, Ilse Bischofova

With this simultaneously harrowing and lyrical debut feature, Jan Nemec established himself as the most uncompromising visionary among the radical filmmakers who made up the Czechoslovak New Wave. Diamonds in the night is the tense, brutal story of two Jewish boys who escape from a train transporting them from one concentration camp to another. Ultimately, they are hunted down by a group of old, armed home-guardists. The film goes beyond the themes of war and anti-Nazism and concerns itself with man's struggle to preserve human dignity.

Discussion Guest: Jonathan Brent / YIVO Institute

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Jonathan Brent YIVO Institute