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Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) (1958)



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

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Eva Krzyewska
as Christine
Bogumil Kobiela
as Drewnowski
Stanislaw Milski
as Pienionzek
Halina Kwiatoska
as Mrs. Staniewicz
Halina Kwiatkoska
as Mrs. Staniewicz
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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.

March 26, 2013 | Full Review…
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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.

March 26, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Zbigniew Cybulski as the hero is sensitive, attractive and alert -- a lad with humor and compassion. One is strongly drawn to him.

May 20, 2003 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

April 26, 2001 | Full Review…

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 complete control of his material and focus even with a large gallery of characters.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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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
cody franklin

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Cool fucking movie!

Tim Sigur
Tim Sigur

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