Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) (1958)

Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds)



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Movie Info

Two men are hired to kill a top Communist official in the aftermath of World War II.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Andrzejewski
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 18, 2003
Janus Films


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Critic Reviews for Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds)

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (6)

Honest, brutally powerful and often shocking.

Full Review… | March 26, 2013
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Only Wajda, though, could muster such a mood, with everyone feeding on smoke and booze, and the assembled company, at the end, dancing to a cracked polonaise.

Full Review… | March 26, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Taut thriller about immediate postwar Poland also has a heavier theme of the futility of killing and violence. Its technical knowhow, fine acting and directorial prowess make this an above average drama.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Wajda's way is the sweet smell of excess, but some scenes remain powerfully memorable -- the lighting of drinks on the bar, the upturned Christ in a bombed church, and Cybulski's prolonged death agonies at the close.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Zbigniew Cybulski as the hero is sensitive, attractive and alert -- a lad with humor and compassion. One is strongly drawn to him.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Wajda tends toward harsh and overstated imagery, but he achieves a fascinating psychological rapport with his lead actor, Zbigniew Cybulski.

Full Review… | April 26, 2001
Chicago Reader
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Audience Reviews for Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds)

Cool fucking movie!

Tim Sigur

Super Reviewer

[font=Century Gothic][color=darkred]"Ashes and Diamonds" is a 1958 Polish film directed by Andrzej Wajda. It starts out with a botched assassination of a Communist Party leader. It seems the wrong person was killed. Most of the action takes place on the night of May 8, 1945 in and around a banquet celebrating the end of the war. Now, that the Germans have been defeated, Poland has to decide what kind of country it is going to be and various characters have to decide what kind of lives they are going to live now that fighting against the Germans has concluded or will they start fighting their countrymen? This is an intelligent, stylish, suspenseful film.[/color][/font]

Walter M.

Super Reviewer


Part 3 of Wajda's War Trilogy. This one is considered the best, but I was a little disappointed. I really enjoyed it, but I was expecting to be blown away. It definitely looks the best and has some of the best acting of the three films. This film takes place the day the Nazi's surrendered and now the Polish are fighting each other for control of their war torn country.Cybulski is great as a man who is tired of fighting and ready to move on with the rest of his life. I think the problem I had was with the ending and how unnecessary it was or how it could have easily been done better. I also knew how the film ended and that took away from it also.This film is consistently better, but Kanal is a stronger film with a mediocre first half hour.

cody franklin

Super Reviewer

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