Essential Art House: Ashes and Diamonds [Criterion Collection] [DVD] [1958]

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Ashes and Diamonds
This is the last film in the trilogy that began Andrzej Wajda's career as a director. Preceding this wartime drama are Pokolenie (1955) and Kanal (1957). Once again, Wajda presents a strong anti-war statement, this time in the personae of two men who are given orders on the last day of World War II in Poland to murder a leading communist. The orders come from the part of the resistance that opposes the new communist regime. One of Wajda's favorite performers and a friend, Zbigniew Cybulski, plays the man who eventually pulls the trigger and kills the communist leader -- and the results are not what he expected. In 1959, Popiol I Diament won in competition at the British Academy Awards and at the Venice Film Festival. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Zbigniew Cybulski
    Zbigniew Cybulski - Maciek
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    Eva Krzyewska - Christine
  • Adam Pawlikowski
    Adam Pawlikowski - Andrzej
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    Bogumil Kobiela - Drewnowski
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    Jan Ciecierski - Porter

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