Popiol i Diament

Overview

Ashes and Diamonds is the last film in the trilogy that began Andrzej Wajda's career as a director. Preceding this wartime drama are Pokolenie 1954 and Kanal 1956. 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...
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Overview

Ashes and Diamonds is the last film in the trilogy that began Andrzej Wajda's career as a director. Preceding this wartime drama are Pokolenie 1954 and Kanal 1956. 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.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
Ashes and Diamonds is the strongest of Andrzej Wajda's early films. Wajda's father was killed in the early days of World War II, and Wajda himself fought with the resistance against the Nazis. In Ashes and Diamonds, he revisits the themes of choice and consequences, with an overriding anti-war sentiment. Ironically, the central factor influencing Wajda's later, more mature work was the 1967 death of his close friend Zbigniew Cybulski, who plays the assassin protagonist in Ashes and Diamonds. Cybulski's performance is generally regarded as the finest of his brief career, and it brought to Poland the same sort of restless youth motif that Western audiences had found appealing in the also dead-too-young James Dean.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/16/2000
  • UPC: 037429072738
  • Original Release: 1958
  • Source: Homevision
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Zbigniew Cybulski Maciek, Maciek Chelmicki
Eva Krzyewska Christine
Adam Pawlikowski Andrzej
Waclaw Zastrezynski Szczuka
Bogumil Kobiela Drewnowski
Jan Ciecierski Porter
Barbara Krafft Stefka
Halina Kwiatoska Mrs. Staniewicz
Ignacy Machowski Waga
Stanislaw Milski Pienionzek
Arthur Mlodnicki Kotowicz
Jozef Pieracki
Alexander Sewruk Swiencki
Zbigniew Skowronski Slomka
Grazyna Staniszewska
Technical Credits
Andrzej Wajda Director, Screenwriter
Jerzy Andrzejewski Screenwriter
Aroclaw Radio Quintet Score Composer
Roman Mann Art Director
Halina Nawrocka Editor
Jerzy Wojcik Cinematographer
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