Popiól i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) Reviews

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Top Critic
March 26, 2013
Honest, brutally powerful and often shocking.
March 26, 2013
Wajda's deeply romantic and personal vision, inspired by both Italian neo-realism and by the more baroque images of Expressionism, makes Ashes and Diamonds a gripping experience.
March 26, 2013
When you watch Ashes And Diamonds, remember, you're not just seeing a film: you're looking at a manifesto that has found a voice and a face and speaks for a whole deceived generation.
March 26, 2013
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, 2009
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.
Top Critic
June 24, 2006
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.
July 23, 2019
One has heard for some time that Wajda's Ashes and Diamonds is the masterpiece of the postwar Polish cinema and finally I've seen it. Not bad... Essentially a sophisticated thriller, with a class angle, of course.
June 19, 2018
Complex, tender, agonising, it makes a country's moral dilemma as personal as love, and the pain of moral disillusion as immediate a torment as, say, disillusion in love.
March 26, 2013
Richly composed and photographed, with atmosphere aplenty, Ashes and Diamonds suffers somewhat from an excess of loose plot ends and of underdeveloped characters, perhaps a consequence of having been based on a prestigious novel.
April 11, 2009
The final installment in Andrzej Wajda's war trilogy - following "A Generation" (1954) and "Kanal" (1956) - is a coolly romantic wartime movie about Maciek, a young Polish resistance fighter whose demise coincides with Germany's surrender.
July 19, 2007
The third panel in Wajda WWII trilogy (that began with Generation and continued with Kanal) is considered one of his best works; it also shows why Cybulski was labeled the Polish James Dean.
May 2, 2007
This final installment of the classic Polish trilogy is heavy in symbolism but remains affective and intimate viewing.
September 24, 2006
This taut political thriller is a fine example of one of the first Polish New Wave films.
May 4, 2006
June 13, 2005
This great film by Andrzej Wajda is considered the greatest Polish film ever made, and I'm sure that's not too far off the mark.
May 13, 2005
a fitting a capstone that solidified Wajda's place in international cinema
March 27, 2005
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