Ashes and Diamonds

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On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki,... read more
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On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time.

Original Release

10/03/1958

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Cast

Directors

Andrzej Wajda

Writers

Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Andrzejewski

Cast

Zbigniew Cybulski Maciek Chelmicki
Ewa Krzyzewska Krystyna
Waclaw Zastrzezynski Szczuka
Adam Pawlikowski Andrzej
Bogumil Kobiela Drewnowski
Jan Ciecierski Portier
Halina Kwiatkowska Staniewiczowa
Barbara Krafftówna Stefka (as Barbara Kraftówna)
Stanislaw Milski Pieniazek
Artur Mlodnicki Kotowicz
Ignacy Machowski Waga
Zbigniew Skowroński Slomka
Aleksander Sewruk Swiecki
Zofia Czerwinska Barmaid Lili (as Z. Czerwinska)
Wiktor Grotowicz Franek Pawlicki (as W. Grotowicz)
Irena Orzecka Jurgieluszka (as I. Orzewska)
Mieczyslaw Loza Smolarski (as M. Loza)
Halina Siekierko Puciatycka (as H. Siekierko)
Tadeusz Kalinowski Wejchert (as T. Kalinowski)
Grazyna Staniszewska Hanka Lewicka (as G. Staniszewska)

Producers

Roman Mann Producer

Editors

Halina Nawrocka

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