Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama, War Drama  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - Poland  |  
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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.

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Keywords

assassination, resistance-fighters, leader, political-conflict, Communist-party, Polish [nationality]

Attributes

High Artistic Quality, High Historical Importance