Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) (1958)
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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.
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.
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.
Zbigniew Cybulski as the hero is sensitive, attractive and alert -- a lad with humor and compassion. One is strongly drawn to him.
Audience Reviews for Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds)
A wicked intelligent and even hilarious political commentary with a sublime cinematography and a marvelous direction, which is noticeable from the applaudable way that Wajda maintains a complete control of his material and focus even with a large gallery of characters.
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[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]
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